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Professor Spillane has published extensively on issues of education policy, policy implementation, school reform, and school leadership. His work explores the policy implementation process at the state, district, school, and classroom levels, focusing on intergovernmental and policy-practice relations. He also studies organizational leadership and change, conceptualizing organizational leadership as a distributed practice. Recent projects include studies of relations between organizational infrastructure and instructional advice-seeking in schools and the socialization of new school principals.

Education/Academic qualification

Curriculum, Teaching and Educational Policy, PhD, Michigan State University

… → 1993

Education, MA, California State University Chico

… → 1985

Education and Geography, Baccalaureate, St Patrick's College, Maynooth

… → 1984

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  • Research Output

    Comparatively Studying Educational System (Re)Building Cross-Nationally: Another Agenda for Cross-National Educational Research?

    Spillane, J. P., Peurach, D. J. & Cohen, D. K., Sep 1 2019, In : Educational Policy. 33, 6, p. 916-945 30 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Scopus citations

    Educational infrastructure, professional learning, and changes in teachers’ instructional practices and beliefs

    Shirrell, M., Hopkins, M. & Spillane, J. P., Aug 8 2019, In : Professional Development in Education. 45, 4, p. 599-613 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 7 Scopus citations

    Educational System Building

    Cohen, D. K. & Spillane, J. P., Sep 1 2019, In : Educational Policy. 33, 6, p. 807-811 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

  • Educational System Building in a Changing Educational Sector: Environment, Organization, and the Technical Core

    Spillane, J. P., Seelig, J. L., Blaushild, N. L., Cohen, D. K. & Peurach, D. J., Sep 1 2019, In : Educational Policy. 33, 6, p. 846-881 36 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 5 Scopus citations

    From Mass Schooling to Education Systems: Changing Patterns in the Organization and Management of Instruction

    Peurach, D. J., Cohen, D. K., Yurkofsky, M. M. & Spillane, J. P., Mar 1 2019, In : Review of Research in Education. 43, 1, p. 32-67 36 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 8 Scopus citations