ERIC Number: ED395377
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
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Contractual or Responsive Accountability? Neo-Centralist 'Self-Management' or Systemic Subsidiarity? Tasmanian Parents' and Other Stakeholders' Policy Preferences.
Macpherson, R. J. S.
When state governments in Australia decentralized many administrative responsibilities to schools in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it was assumed that they would develop fresh management, development, and governance capacities. In general, such decentralization attempted to replace bureaucracies with corporate management, limit school evaluation to the auditing of performance indicators, cut support structures in favor of contracted expertise, and displace hierarchy with collegial networks. The principle of public accountability was redefined in public education as a local issue to be resolved largely through site management, market, and political mechanisms. This paper presents research findings that show that Tasmanian parents prefer a more educative and communitarian approach to accountability, and that this view is broadly shared with other key stakeholders--teachers, principals, and state government officials. Parents were slightly more likely than other stakeholders to prefer greater subsidiarity, pluriformity, and complimentarity in their schools and education system, rather than neocentralist and "self-managing" corporate managerialism, uniformity, and comparability. Data were derived from a questionnaire sent to parents, teachers, department of education administrators, and principals in 28 primary, district high, and high schools in Tasmania. Six tables are included. (Contains 25 references.) (Author/LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).