Managing legal risk in schools: understanding diverse perspectives

Teh, Mui-Kim and Stott, Kenneth and Zuzarte, Dyan (2004) Managing legal risk in schools: understanding diverse perspectives. In: 13th Annual Conference of the Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association: Innovation & Internationalisation: Pushing the Boundaries of Education Law (ANZELA 2004), 22-24 Sept 2004, Wellington, New Zealand.


In terms of school governance and leadership, if schools are to optimise the quality of their provision, there needs to be a sound understanding amongst school principals of ways in which the law impacts on the school and the individuals in it. In Singapore, there is general agreement (with exceptions) amongst managers in schools that the law is indeed relevant to their work. Yet, there appear to be different perspectives amongst educators regarding what should be done - if anything - to avoid unwanted encounters with legal matters and to ensure that schools can concentrate on their core business of schooling without unpleasant distractions.
This paper reports an exploratory study that used an innovative research approach - Q methodology - to make sense of these diverse perspectives by examining the nature and complexity of the opinions themselves (as opposed to the people who held them.) By gaining deeper insights into the points of view, the information may be used by policy makers to, first, understand where senior personnel in education are coming from in terms of their views about what schools, the Ministry and others should be doing to avert legal risk; and, second, formulate strategies that will enable these educators to gain a clearer understanding of how they might deal effectively with legal issues and develop legal risk strategies. The study provides a methodological advance in understanding the complexity of different perspectives, and may be useful to other systems and contexts when considering how to address the development of educators' ability to manage legal issues

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Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Law
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2011 05:57
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:48
Uncontrolled Keywords: education law; school law; litigation; Q methodology; risk management; school management
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180199 Law not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9304 School/Institution > 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions

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