Lois Andre-Bechely, Ph.D.

picture of Lois Andre-Bechely
Charter College of Education
Division of Applied & Advanced Studies in Education
Email: loisab@exchange.calstatela.edu


I joined Cal State L.A. in Fall 2001 as faculty in Educational Foundations. As a former elementary school teacher and parent in Los Angeles Unified School District, I bring those experiences to my work in the Charter College of Education. 



I teach a variety of courses for post-bac and graduate level study: EDFN 440 - Schooling for a Diverse, Urban Society; EDFN 505 - Qualitative Research in Education; EDFN 552 - Policy Studies in Urban Education; EDAD 605 - Advocacy, Community Engagement and Governance: The Social and Political Contexts of Education; EDAD 692 - Special Topics in Educational Leadership for PreK-16 Education.



My research interests center around parents' understandings of and experiences with the implementation of educational policy and reform. In particular, my past work as a parent representative on various local school and district-level leadership committees led to my interest in studying how parents are positioned within educational institutions, and as participants in school change. For example, my research has explored the policy implementation of public school choice in a large urban school district and incorporated a feminist qualitative methodology known as Institutional Ethnography to uncover and map the actual district organization of school choice policies, practices, and outcomes from the standpoint of a diverse group of public school parents. I continue to use Institutional Ethnography as my method of inquiry to study educational policy from the everyday real world of people in local schools to the institutional contexts of schooling which help to shape and determine parents� experiences during their children�s PreK-16 education.



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Andr�-Bechely, L. (2010). Stepping up efforts to align California�s educational system. Public Policy Briefings. The Edmund G. �Pat�: Brown Institute of Public Affairs, California State University, Los Angeles, http://www.patbrowninstitute.org/publications/briefings.html. 2010
Marshall, C. & Andr�-Bechely, L. (2008). Feminism and education politics: No longer for women only. In Cooper, B., Fusarelli, L. & Cibulka, J. (Eds). Handbook of Education Politics and Policy. New York: Routledge. 2008
Griffith, A.I. & Andr�-Bechely, L. (2008). Institutional technologies: Coordinating families and schools, bodies and texts. In Devault, M. (Ed) People at work: Life, power, and social inclusion in the new economy . New York University Press. 2008
Andr�-Bechely, L. (2007). Finding space and managing distance: Public school choice in an urban California district. Urban Studies, Vol. 44 (7), 1355-1376. 2007
Andr�-Bechely, L. (2005). Could It Be Otherwise? Parents and the Inequities of Public School Choice. New York: Routledge. In the book series, Critical Social Thought; series editor, Michael W. Apple. 2005
Andr�-Bechely, L. (2005). Public school choice at the intersection of voluntary integration and not-so-good neighborhood schools: Lessons from parents� experiences. Educational Administration Quarterly, Vol. 41(2), 267-305. 2005





Ph.D. Education Policy Studies, Urban Schooling Division 1999

  • UCLA
    Los Angeles, CA

M.Ed. Elementary Education 1989

  • UCLA
    Los Angeles, CA

B.A. Psychology 1988

  • UCLA
    Los Angeles, CA