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Reformation and Renaissance: An Examination of America's Education Reform Movement

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2014
Abstract/Description:
Education reform has grown into a major policy issue at the state and national level in the United States and for that matter around the world. The purpose of this study was to determine the political and social forces supporting, the rationale behind, and the growth and impact of education reform policies in the K-12 public education system of the United States from 2001-2011. Through mixed-methods data analysis a descriptive and analytical picture of education reform was able to be concluded. The results of the analysis showed that with an increase in education reforms from 2001-2011, legislators, predominantly Republican, created state level education reforms which fell in line with both neoliberal economic (market based policies) and neoconservative political (smaller government and increased individualism) ideals. With a focus on accountability, achievement, and choice, reformers, proliferated in profiles of corporations, PACs and other organizations outside the realm of traditional public education, school systems in the United States continued on similar paths of education reform as other post-industrialized countries that have grown out of an economically globalized world.
Title: Reformation and Renaissance: An Examination of America's Education Reform Movement.
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Name(s): Johnson, Craig, Author
Murray, Barbara, Committee Chair
Murray, Kenneth, Committee Member
Doherty, Walter, Committee Member
Holt, Larry, Committee Member
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Education reform has grown into a major policy issue at the state and national level in the United States and for that matter around the world. The purpose of this study was to determine the political and social forces supporting, the rationale behind, and the growth and impact of education reform policies in the K-12 public education system of the United States from 2001-2011. Through mixed-methods data analysis a descriptive and analytical picture of education reform was able to be concluded. The results of the analysis showed that with an increase in education reforms from 2001-2011, legislators, predominantly Republican, created state level education reforms which fell in line with both neoliberal economic (market based policies) and neoconservative political (smaller government and increased individualism) ideals. With a focus on accountability, achievement, and choice, reformers, proliferated in profiles of corporations, PACs and other organizations outside the realm of traditional public education, school systems in the United States continued on similar paths of education reform as other post-industrialized countries that have grown out of an economically globalized world.
Identifier: CFE0005353 (IID), ucf:50484 (fedora)
Note(s): 2014-08-01
Ed.D.
Education and Human Performance, Teaching, Learning and Leadership
Doctoral
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Subject(s): Education Policy -- Education Reform
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0005353
Restrictions on Access: public 2014-08-15
Host Institution: UCF

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