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A Socially Critical View Of The Self-Managing School - John Smyth

A Socially Critical View Of The Self-Managing School

By: John Smyth (Editor)

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Published: 11th June 1993
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The shift from the model of central government educational control to school- based management has been widely adopted and acclaimed and has created the general impression of increased democracy and participation.; The international contributors to this book tackle this important policy issue and look behind the scenes of the moves towards school self- management. They investigate the phenomenon of the self-managing school, Why It Is Happening Now, What Is The Truth Behind This Notion And The problems which lie behind devolution and self-management.; The self- managing school, it is claimed is not about grassroots democracy or parent participation but absolutely the reverse and this contradiction is best understood in terms of the ideology of the New Right. Enlightened and informed perspectives of the reality behind school self-management suggest that the devolution of power is only superficial. Hierarchies continue to exist as unequally funded schools which perpetuate class, gender and ethnic divisions. The mechanism involved promotes the Survivial Of The Fittest Through Notions Of Choice.; For Those Involved in school management and education generally, this book should provide a useful insight into the struggle surrounding the control of schooling.

Introductionp. 1
Democratic Participation or Efficient Site Management: The Social and Political Location of the Self-Managing Schoolp. 11
The New Right and the Self-Managing Schoolp. 35
Paradigm Shifts and Site-based Management in the United States: Toward a Paradigm of Social Empowermentp. 49
Culture, Cost and Control: Self-Management and Entrepreneurial Schooling in England and Walesp. 63
Reinventing Square Wheels: Planning for Schools to Ignore Realitiesp. 83
The Evaluative State and Self-Management in Education: Cause for Reflection?p. 99
The Politics of Devolution, Self-Management and Post-Fordism in Schoolsp. 117
Pushing Crisis and Stress down the Line: The Self-Managing Schoolp. 137
Managerialism, Market Liberalism and the Move to Self-Managing Schools in New Zealandp. 153
Teaching Cultures and School-based Management: Towards a Collaborative Reconstructionp. 171
'And Your Corporate Manager Will Set You Free ...': Devolution in South Australian Educationp. 191
Managerialism and Market Forces in Vocational Education: 'Balkanizing' Education in the 'Banana Republic'p. 213
Self-Managing Schools, Choice and Equityp. 229
Notes on Contributorsp. 245
Indexp. 247
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ISBN: 9780750702133
ISBN-10: 0750702133
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 11th June 1993
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.9  x 1.4
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1