Teach Truth to Power

Teach Truth to Power How to Engage in Education Policy

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Scholarly books and journal articles routinely close with policy recommendations. Yet these recommendations rarely reach politicians. How can academics engage more effectively in the policy process? In Teach Truth to Power, David Garcia offers a how-to guide for scholars and researchers who want to influence education policy, explaining strategies for putting research in a policy context, getting "in the room" where policy happens, finding unexpected allies, interacting with politicians, and more. Countering conventional wisdom about research utilisation (also referred to as knowledge mobilisation), Garcia explains that engaging in education policy is not a science, it is a craft-a combination of acquired knowledge and intuition that must be learned through practice. Engaging in policy is an interpersonal process; academics who hope to influence policy have to get face-to-face with the politicians who create policy. Garcia's experience as trusted insider, researcher, and political candidate make him uniquely qualified to offer a roadmap that connects research to policy. He explains that academics can leverage their content expertise to build relationships with politicians (even before they are politicians); demonstrates the effectiveness of the research one-pager; and shows how academics can teach politicians to be champions of research.

Book information

ISBN: 9780262543224
Publisher: The MIT Press
Imprint: The MIT Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 370.72
DEWEY edition: 23/eng/20211116
Number of pages: 238
Weight: 312g
Height: 153mm
Width: 231mm
Spine width: 21mm