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ERIC Number: EJ1084067
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep-14
Pages: 29
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1068 2341
Targets, Threats and (dis)Trust: The Managerial Troika for Public School Principals in Chile
Montecinos, Carmen; Ahumada, Luis; Galdames, Sergio; Campos, Fabián; Leiva, Maria Verónica
Education Policy Analysis Archives, v23 n87 Sep 2015
Public education in Chile has been steadily losing students as a result of the implementation, for the last 35 years, of a market model. In this paper we exemplify how a structural problem (public schools' declining enrollment) created by neoliberal educational policies is transformed into an individual problem to be managed by the public school principal. Principals must sign a performance-based contract that specifies sanctions and incentives for meeting enrollment targets. The current paper examines, through data produced by in-depth interviews and shadowing, how 19 principals worked toward that target. Findings show that to manage enrollment principals spent, on average, 24% of their time performing marketing tasks. Principals, thus, have developed an entrepreneurial self, which is promoted by quasi-market school governance models. Through this entrepreneurship they manage various threats that represent barriers to the possibilities for meeting enrollment targets.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Chile
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