ERIC Number: ED368063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
School-Based Management: The Changing Locus of Control in American Public Education.
Drury, Darrel; Levin, Douglas
School-based management is a reinvention and countermovement to a broader historical trend to centralize and standardize American education. The present study represents one component of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's project to investigate how schools in 12 member nations can most effectively respond to recent reforms. Chapter 1 examines the historical context of school-based management, focusing on the changing locus of control in American education. Despite the popularity of decentralized management, concurrent reforms at the district, state, and federal levels often constrain its full implementation and further the trend toward centralization. Chapter 2 introduces the underlying rationale and practice of school-based management reforms. Chapter 3 presents a plan for investigating school-based management in six school districts across the United States. Chapter 4 describes reform implementation in each district, and chapter 5 presents a cross-site comparative analysis of descriptive data. The final chapter reviews principal findings and provides recommendations for further reform efforts. Since school-based management is in an embryonic state, no final judgment concerning its effectiveness should be made. (Contains 113 references.) (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Research.
Authoring Institution: Pelavin Associates, Inc., Washington, DC.