Independent public schools: a move to increased autonomy and devolution of decision-making in Western Australian public schools

Trimmer, Karen (2013) Independent public schools: a move to increased autonomy and devolution of decision-making in Western Australian public schools. Childhood Education, 89 (3). pp. 178-184. ISSN 0009-4056

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With the increasing diversity in schools and the call for addressing specific regional needs, decentralized regulation of the education system is often proposed as an alternative approach to achieve school improvement. Researchers have often associated experimentation and risk-taking as key aspects of effective educational leadership while engaging in discussions about authority among local leadership in schools. An Independent Public Schools initiative in Western Australia emerged with the objective to provide for greater autonomy, flexibility, and accountability as a means for improving student achievement over time. Karen Trimmer's article speaks to the uncertain nature of the changes brought into the role of local leadership through the independent, charter, and academy school reform initiatives across the world that propose to deliver efficiency and quality in educational achievement and administration. The study can contribute to evidence-based dialogues around effective, context-specific shifts of authority in education.

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Item Status: Live Archive
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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2013 02:12
Last Modified: 11 Jul 2014 01:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: independent public schools; devolution; decision-making
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160506 Education Policy
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140204 Economics of Education
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/00094056.2013.792703

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