ERIC Number: ED418158
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Jan-5
Reference Count: 0
Schools of the Future and Beyond.
Townsend, Tony; Kelly, Howard; Pascoe, Susan; Peck, Frank
In recent years there has been a substantial change in the way education is structured, managed, and financed in Australia. The move toward more self-managing schools, with school councils, school charters, school global budgets, quality assurance, and other features has been especially apparent in the state of Victoria, where the Schools of the Future program began in 1993. In recent years, it has become apparent that the Schools of the Future initiative was not the final model required to ensure both equity and effectiveness for all students. The sections of this paper, a symposium presentation, give an overview of Victoria's schools and where they hope to go. Following an introduction, the second section, by Frank Peck, briefly describes the Schools of the Future program as it was conceptualized and implemented. The third section, by Susan Pascoe, analyzes the factors that were implicit in the reform, and the final section, by Howard Kelly, describes the current thinking of how the reform effort can be moved forward even more. The new initiative, titled "Schools of the Third Millennium," pushes the trend toward school self-management farther and contains a major emphasis on the innovative uses of technology in the schools. The Schools of the Third Millennium will push self-management, still within a government system, to its logical limit. The goal is for Victoria's schools to give all children a chance to participate in a system that enables them to reach their potential. (Contains 45 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Decentralization, Economic Factors, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Needs Assessment, School Based Management, School Restructuring, State Programs, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia (Victoria); Schools of the Future (Australia); Schools of the Third Millennium (Australia)
Note: Paper presented at the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (11th, Manchester, England, United Kingdom, January 5, 1998).