Politics and Professional Beliefs in Evaluation

The Case of Calculus Renewal
  • Alphonse Buccino


Policy is a big industry in Washington, D.C.—making it, criticizing it, or changing it. Policy is often like a cloud of galactic dust. Sometimes it coalesces into a star, but mostly it remains a cloud of dust whose particles are sometimes discernible. A policy wonk is someone who tries to discern policy or articulate what it is even when there isn’t any. Webster’s Dictionary defines “wonk” as a student who studies excessively, which helps understand what “policy wonk” really means. There are a lot more policy wonks than policymakers, but it is not always easy to tell them apart.


National Science Foundation Curriculum Development Clinton Administration General Account Office Science Education Program 
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