Jim Spillane Video Discusses Research Directions for Common Core

Jim Spillane Video Discusses Research Directions for Common Core

A new video by professor James Spillane, produced by the American Education Research Association, calls for scholars to identify key ideas for research as the Common Core standards roll out. He sees an opportunity to “sketch a research agenda that will build on … lessons from past research.”

He appeals to scholars to identify key ideas for “fruitful lines of inquiry” related to the Common Core standards. Referring to his own research and the research of other scholars over the past 25 years, Spillane says, “Let’s be clear about what we know … so we can improve policy design, policy implementation.”

Past research points to the importance of how local school leaders, district leaders and teachers come to understand what the standards mean for the classroom. While standards and assessments are important, they are not enough, according to Spillane. “There is a huge divide between policy makers’ ideals and the reality of teaching in the majority of classrooms in the majority of schools,” he notes. “We need to think about infrastructure; we need to think about capacity building.”

Spillane is the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Professor in Learning and Organizational Change at the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University. He 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. In 2012 the AERA honored Spillane as an AERA Fellow for his excellent research.

The American Education Research Association (AERA) is the nation’s largest organization devoted to encouraging research on education and advancing knowledge about education. This year the AERA annual meeting will be held from April 16 to 20 in Chicago.

By American Educational Research Association
Last Modified: 2/27/15