ERIC Number: EJ721326
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Reference Count: 14
When "Becoming a 50% School" is Success Enough: A Principal-Agent Analysis of Subject Leaders' Target Setting
Davies, Peter; Coates, Gwen; Hammersley-Fletcher, Linda; Mangan, Jean
School Leadership & Management, v25 n5 p493-511 Nov 2005
Using the perspective of principal-agent theory, we suggest that the target setting process imposed by the government has shifted teachers' focus away from their personal educational priorities. Our evidence suggests that schools with a higher proportion of students with high academic achievement differ in their practice of target setting from schools with a below average proportion of students achieving high examination grades. We examine possible explanations for variations in teachers' practice and suggest some implications for policy and school leadership and management.
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Academic Achievement, High Achievement, Goal Orientation, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Academic Standards, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Government Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)