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Welcome to Module 3 Education & Inequality II!

Note to the Class:

Today's Wiki is intentionally brief, given the timing of assignments and seemingly shortened summer session. (Last year's version of this course allowed for an additional meeting, I believe.) Guidelines for developing Monday's presentations will follow in a separate email.

I look forward to reading well-developed annotated bibliographies soon!



  • Consider the sociological perspective as applied to research and debates in educational policy;
  • Examine critically the translation of research with findings that are generalizable to action research study which is delimited by sample, researcher positioning and relationship to population or reality being studied, and goals to find meaning through perspectives and/or agency, for example.

Please review the following Definitions of Educational Policy:

From SAGE Online Journals website:

Educational Policy (EPX) focuses on the practical consequences of educational policy decisions and alternatives. It examines the relationship between educational policy and educational practice, and sheds new light on important debates and controversies within the field.Educational Policy blends the best of educational research with the world of practice, making it a valuable resource for educators, policy makers, administrators, researchers, teachers, and graduate student.


From our “friend” WikiPedia:

Education policy refers to the collection of laws and rules that govern the operation of education systems.


From the College of William and Mary’s EPPL Program Description:

The mission of the Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership area is to serve the Commonwealth and nation by preparing highly qualified graduates with the knowledge and skills of policy, planning and leadership necessary to guide, influence, and shape institutions at all levels of education, and by enhancing the effectiveness of complex educational organizations through leadership, scholarship, and service.

The Educational Policy, Planning and Leadership program area is designed to develop educational leaders who: can communicate effectively with their publics in speech and writing, have command of and are contributors to the body of knowledge reflective of research and theory in the field, possess the skills and knowledge to make effective decisions, to manage organizations, and to motivate and lead people so that institutional and personal goals are met, and are prepared intellectually, personally, and professionally to provide service to diverse communities through productive work.

Now, review the following video (12 mins.) featuring research that links national data to state-level analyses of student access, enrollment, and achievement in higher education. NOTE: the researcher reports on national research findings as differentiated from state-level data and information, without necessarily dismissing the sociological perspective or validity of either set of findings.

Please POST on the Discussion Thread: Sociological Perspective and Research Translation