ERIC Number: ED418506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
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Local Management of Schools and Improved Outcomes for Students.
Caldwell, Brian J.
The nature of direct and indirect effects of local management of schools (school-based management) on learning outcomes for students has remained elusive. The findings from a 5-year longitudinal study of the "Schools of the Future" reform in Victoria, Australia, are reported in this paper. The Victoria system is the largest public school system anywhere to have decentralized as much as 90 percent of its budget to the local level. An examination of the last two of six statewide surveys of principals using structural equation modelling revealed a relatively stable model that demonstrates these effects. Specifically, principals who report curriculum and learning benefits tend to be those who reported benefits in other domains, including the capacity to select staff, increased flexibility in the use of resources, and the involvement of community. Although the analysis relies on perceptions rather than student achievement data, the emergence of a stable model that explains direct and indirect effects of elements of Schools of the Future on outcomes in curriculum and learning is considered to be a valuable finding and should lay the groundwork for comprehensive case study research. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers: Australia (Victoria); Schools of the Future (Australia)