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ERIC Number: ED417238
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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Decentralising Education and Improving Student Outcomes: Implications of the International Research for Developing Countries.
Townsend, Tony
In Australia as in many other countries, the idea of decentralization of education is an idea being widely adopted. However, it is not clear whether this has resulted in improved student achievement. A review of international research on decentralization provides clear indications that it cannot be asserted that a decentralized system, in itself, makes any difference to the quality of student teaching and learning. One reason there is little evidence in support of decentralization is that school-based management, as the logical endpoint of decentralization, is a relatively new phenomenon. There has not yet been a single group of students who have progressed all the way through a self-managing school. Nor have the school systems that have decentralized developed research agenda to study the issue. It will be difficult to study the effects of decentralization when evidence about the effects of the old centralized system is not available. Countries that institute a decentralized system need to be prepared to study it carefully, and to focus on the improvement of education rather than the repair of the old system. (Contains 32 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia