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When Research Matters: How Scholarship Influences Educational Policy


reviewed by Jonathan Cohen — November 14, 2008

coverTitle: When Research Matters: How Scholarship Influences Educational Policy
Author(s): Frederick H. Hess
Publisher: Harvard University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 1891792857, Pages: 312, Year: 2008
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As an educator invested in infusing the measurement and improvement of school climate as well as social-emotional-ethical-intellectual learning policy and practice guidelines into K-12 school life, I have always thought that research should shape policy. I have long known that little in life is simply rational, (I also work as a child and adult psychologist/psychoanalyst). This edited book, When Research Matters: How Scholarship Influences Educational Policy, “unpacks” and helps to reveal the myriad of factors that shape the complicated inter-relationship between educational research and policy. The contributors to this volume help illuminate how the needs of policy makers shape policy in ways that are not simply aligned to the systematic study of a given educational issue. They also focus on how the needs of researchers shape what and how they study given educational issues. This is an important book for educators and policy makers who care about our K-12 schools and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 14, 2008
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15433, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 10:37:42 AM

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  • Jonathan Cohen
    Center for Social and Emotional Education
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    JONATHAN COHEN is an educator-clinician. He is the president and co-founder of the Center for Social and Emotional Education; Adjunct Professor in Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University; Adjunct Professor in Education, School of Professional Studies, City University of New York; Co-chair, the National School Climate Council; and a practicing child and adult clinical psychologist/psychoanalyst. Most recently he is the co-author of Making Your School Safe: Strategies to Protect Children and Promote Learning (Teachers College Press, 2007) and, “School Climate: Research, Policy, Teacher Education and Practice” (Teachers College Record Volume 111: Issue 1, 2009). He consults to schools, districts and State Departments of Education about measuring and improving school climate and social, emotional and ethical education. Currently, he is most interested in working to narrow the socially unjust gap between school climate research on the one hand and school climate policy and practice on the other hand.
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