Exploring policy and practice relations: A teaching and learning perspective

James P. Spillane*, Penelope L. Peterson, Richard S. Prawat, Nancy E. Jennings, Jennifer Borman

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

6 Scopus citations


In this paper we examine relations between education policy and local practice. Situating our work within the literature on the local implementation of education policy, we develop a pedagogical perspective for understanding relations between policy and local practice. We argue that policy-makers’ attempts to enact policy can be viewed as a form of teaching and that local educators can be seen as learners from policy. This pedagogical perspective provides a theoretical frame for the papers in this volume. We trace the evolution of this pedagogical perspective in our work, and we preview the contribution the papers in this volume make to developing this frame. We also present details of our research methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)431-440
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Education Policy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


Dive into the research topics of 'Exploring policy and practice relations: A teaching and learning perspective'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this