Coburn, Spillane’s Published Research Among 'Most Read'

Coburn, Spillane’s Published Research Among 'Most Read'

Coburn_SpillaneNorthwestern University School of Education and Social Policy Professors Cynthia Coburn and James Spillane co-authored two of the most popular journal articles published by the American Educational Research Association in 2016.

 “Research; Practice Partnerships in Education: Outcomes, Dynamics, and Open Questions,” by Coburn and William R. Penuel of University of Colorado-Boulder’s School of Education, was the sixth most-read study of the year in the journal Educational Researcher.

 In the article, Coburn and Penuel review the expanding role of partnerships between researchers and educators as a strategy for ensuring that their fact-finding is useful and usable to practitioners and policymakers. They outline a research program to study these innovative and important partnerships.

Coburn, a professor of social policy, studies the connection between instructional policy and teachers' classroom practices in urban schools. Her research suggests these partnerships increase relevance, credibility and usability and bring more expertise to district decision marking.

The article “Alignment and Accountability in Policy Design and Implementation: The Common Core State Standards and Implementation Research,” by Coburn, Spillane, the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Professor in Learning and Organizational Change, and Heather Hill of Harvard University,  was the ninth most-read research article of the year in Educational Researcher. The paper argues for testing existing theories about how adopted policies such as the Common Core State Standards are put into effect to learn more about policy implementation. The researchers focused on two dimensions of policy design: alignment and accountability when outlining a research agenda.

Spillane, who has published extensively on issues of education policy, policy implementation, school reform and school leadership,  was recently named one of the world’s most prominent education leadership scholars.

By Julie Deardorff
Last Modified: 3/6/17