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Office: 306-F MCKB

Brief Biography

I received by first two degrees from BYU and my doctorate from Cornell University in Education Administration.

My academic career has two parts.

The first 17 years of career was spent as a religious educator and administrator in CES and the second part of career as a professor of education policy at BYU.

Teaching Interests

I primarily teach three graduates courses: Education Policy, Education Finance, and Education Policy and Politics and one undergraduate course in Foundations of Education.

Research Interests

My primary research interest is centered on the creation, implementation, and evaluation of education policy. Central to this interest is the incorporation of political aspects of education, values under girding educational policy, and the proper role of the state in education. Specific research areas include normative policy analysis; private education; parental rights and choice; educational reform and restructuring; adequacy and equity issues in school finance; historical and ideological development of educational ideas and policy; and social and cultural context of education.

I am also interested in alternative education such as private education, comparative governance systems, educational policies, education and culture in international areas. My international studies are in China, the Middle East and Latin America.


Meritorious Service to Private Education

Association for Research in Private Education


Selected Publications

Understanding author academic disciplinary background to direct a more effective use of standardized testing within the school community (2017)

Authors: Jensen, Joseph; Hite, Steven Jeffrey; Hite, Julie Dawn Melville; Randall, Earl Vance

Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Volume: 101

Issue: 2

Page Numbers: 90-116

Abstract: click to view

Standardized testing is an external control mechanism for K-12 public schools. Principals, nested between internal and external influences, must manage the tension created by testing’s roles as both an internal improvement tool and as an external control mechanism. Five competing narratives, each shaped by author academic background, significantly influence this tension. The testing literature is complex, but understanding these five main narratives can enable a principal to more effectively and proactively lead the testing narrative within their own school community.

The Development of Local Private Primary and Secondary Schooling in Hong Kong, 1841-2012 (2016)

Authors: Cheung, Alan; Randall, Earl Vance; Tam, Man

Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing

City: Bingley

Country: United Kingdom

Volume: 30

Issue: 6

Page Numbers: 826-847

ISBN: 0951-354X

URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/IJEM-06-2015-0073

Editors: Brian Roberts University of Hull, UK and Shenyang Normal University, People's Republic of China Brianbr6@aol.com

Abstract: click to view

This paper is a historical review of the development of private primary and secondary education in Hong Kong from 1841-2012. The purpose of this paper is to examine the evolving relationship between the state and private schools in Hong Kong.

“That Little Children Also May Receive Instruction”: Early Latter-day Saint Educational Programs for the Young (2014)

Authors: Esplin, Scott C; Randall, Earl Vance

Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Publisher: John Whitmer Historical Association

City: Independence, MO

Country: USA

Volume: 34

Issue: 1

Page Numbers: 107-126

Living in Two Worlds: The Development and Transition of Mormon Education in American Society (2014)

Authors: Esplin, Scott C; Randall, Earl Vance

Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Publisher: History of Education Society

City: London

Country: United Kingdom

Volume: 43

Issue: 1

Page Numbers: 3-30

URL: dx.doi.org/10.1080/0046760X.2013.844276

Abstract: click to view

Religious organisations have long relied on education to transmit cherished values, working within society to preserve their worldview. Therefore, when a religious education system is restructured, it can act as a barometer of change, revealing societal values and reflecting negotiated roles. Like other faiths, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Latter-day Saint or Mormon) has used education to shape its society. In its early history, the faith adopted an isolationist paradigm. Threatened by a Protestant-led common school crusade, Church leaders established a private school system, attempting to augment or even compete with public schools. However, during the early decades of the twentieth century, the programme was folded into the very public school system it was designed to replace. Teachers trained in the faith’s worldview replaced students nurtured in a Church-controlled environment. Accommodation and cooperation supplanted isolation and separation as Mormonism learned to live in two worlds – one with a particularistic religious view and another characterised by a pluralistic society.

Same-sex marriage and education: Implications for schools, students, and parents. (2011)

Authors: Randall, Earl Vance

Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Publisher: J. Rueben Clark Law School

City: Provo, UT

Country: USE

Exit and entry: Why parents in Utah left public schools and chose private schools. Journal of School Choice. (2009)

Authors: Buhkari, Patras; Randall, Earl Vance

Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Publisher: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group

City: Philadelphia

Volume: 3

Page Numbers: 242-270

Private education initiatives by Latter-days Saints (2008)

Authors: Randall, Earl Vance; Wilson, Craig

Publication Type: Book, Chapter/ Section in Scholarly Book

Publisher: Religious Studies Center

City: Provo

Page Numbers: 17

Editors: Reid L. Neilson

Abstract: click to view

Brief historical sketch of the Church's involvement in K-16 education and a presentation of major highlights for some of the current efforts of church members to provide K-16 education

Fear and privatization (2008)

Authors: Cooper, Bruce; Randall, Earl Vance

Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Publisher: Corwin Press

City: Thousand Oaks

Volume: 22

Page Numbers: 204-227

Abstract: click to view

This article looks at the dynamics of fear as shaped by increased competition among public, private, and privatized schools. This trepidation has recently been intensified by the creation of a "third sector" that includes charter schools, voucher programs, and the increased diversity of private education.

One-teacher schools in America (1998)

Authors: Muse, Ivan; Hite, Steven Jeffrey; Randall, Earl Vance; Jensen, Alan

Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Volume: 33

Issue: 3

Page Numbers: 141-149

Cultural values and education in Western Samoa: Tensions between colonial influences and contemporary indigenous needs (1997)

Authors: Tavana, Gaugau; Hite, Steven Jeffrey; Randall, Earl Vance

Publication Type: Journal Article, Academic Journal

Volume: 6

Issue: 1

Page Numbers: 11-19