Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Politics, of Education
As a field of study, politics of education is more appropriately thought of as a subfield of education, rather than of political science. Incorporating frameworks and research methodologies from fields such as sociology, history, law, and public and educational administration, as well as political science, politics of education is multidisciplinary and tends to be more applied and practice-oriented than political science. Politics of education has made substantial contributions to educational administration by providing an alternative lens for viewing the role of the administrator, other than the traditional view of administration as planning, organizing, and managing. The traditional view was that educational administrators acted outside or above the political arena, a view that hampered their effectiveness. By encouraging administrators to view themselves as political leaders, politics of education has given them tools for being more effective in the educational world as it really is. Through studies of educational policy, politics of ...