1st Edition

The Governance of Schooling Comparative Studies of Devolved Management

Edited By Margaret A. Arnott, Charles D. Raab Copyright 2000
    236 Pages
    by Routledge

    236 Pages
    by Routledge

    Recent reforms in the governance of schooling have affected roles, relationships and decision-making within schools and between them and the wider community. Using empirical and theoretical approaches this book describes, analyses and compares the effects of devolved management on secondary schools in a number of countries. It casts a critical light upon policy assumptions and aims, challenging assumptions about the way policy works in practice.
    Through a comparative international perspective, which looks at countries including the UK and the US, the conflicting options for school governance are addressed. These include:
    *parental participation and school management policy
    *professional, managerial and market principles in education
    *school-based decision-making and the implications of overarching government policies
    *devolution and centralisation.
    This is a timely study for practitioners in education, policy-makers in local and central government, academics and students of education policy and management.

    Introduction: School Governance in Comparative Perspective Part I: The Governance of Schooling: Themes in Scottish-based Research 1. The Devolved Management of Schools and its Implications for Governance 2. Restructuring the Governance of Schools: the Impact of 'Managerialism' on Schools in Scotland and England 3. Of Myths and Management: Listening to Teachers Talk about their Work 4. School Boards and Governing Bodies: a Vehicle for Parental Participation in Decision-making about Schools? Part II: The Governance of Schooling: Studies in Other Countries 5. Community-active Management and Governance of Schools in England and Wales 6. Schools in Competition: Open Enrolement in an Academically Selective School System 7. School-based Management in New Zealand Schools 9. Governance and Devolution in the Danish School System


    Margaret A. Arnott, Charles D. Raab