ERIC Number: ED380411
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers and Decentralisation. Papers Prepared for the National Industry Education Forum Seminar (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, August 1994).
Whitty, Geoff; Seddon, Terri
This publication contains two papers on the implications of school decentralization for teacher education, student achievement, and democracy. The first paper, "Devolution in Education Systems: Implications for Teacher Professional Development and Pupil Performance" (Geoff Whitty), explores the way education reform movements for decentralization have developed generally by looking at how reforms have worked in England with some cross references to experiences in New Zealand and the United States. In doing so it reviews several studies and discusses the context in which reforms were installed. The conclusion notes that the overall benefits are not yet apparent and that reforms seem to intensify the links between educational and social inequality. The paper also notes that these reforms were part of a larger Thatcherite political project that must have influenced their effects. The second paper, "Decentralisation and Democracy" (Terri Seddon), argues that current educational reform is limited by its neglect of the interdependencies of development, democracy, and education; and that the character of decentralization is the key issue for debate. In three sections the paper comments on contemporary educational reform in Australia, discusses the consequences of decentralization for democracy, and suggests a way to reframe the problem of education reform to recognize the interdependency of development and democracy. (Contains 53 references.) (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Community Control, Decentralization, Democracy, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Government School Relationship, Institutional Autonomy, Literature Reviews, Organizational Change, Politics of Education, Public School Teachers, School Based Management, School Restructuring
NIEF, P.O. Box 7225, Melbourne, Victoria 3004, Australia ($5 Australian).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; New Zealand; United Kingdom (England); United States