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ERIC Number: ED385934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
School-Site Management--Some Lessons from New Zealand. Draft.
Wylie, Cathy
In 1989, New Zealand implemented a decentralized education system centered on school-based management. Outcomes of decentralization include higher workloads at the school level, more structural opportunities for parental voice, and resource discrepancies between schools in low- and high-income areas. This paper describes and analyzes the changes that have occurred in New Zealand education since decentralization in the four following areas--curriculum and instruction, regulations and accountability, funding, and governance. Data were obtained from surveys of board members and elementary-school principals and teachers conducted in late 1989, 1990, 1991, and 1993. The New Zealand experience offers the following lessons: (1) from the beginning, designers of school-site management must identify and counter potential problems related to funding formulae, structures, roles, and processes of governance; (2) school-site management alone will not solve problems of unequal educational provision, improve the overall quality of education, or enable the central agency to abandon a planning function; (3) accountability structures and sanctions alone are insufficient means for achieving desired goals; (4) decentralization is likely to make education more politicized, especially if some of the inherent tensions are not addressed in the design and unrealistic results are promised; and (5) school-site management in a positive context is rewarding, and is probably as useful a vehicle for educational administration as any other strategy yet attempted. Contains approximately 14 references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand