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ERIC Number: EJ763071
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jan
Pages: 25
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0038-0407
The Impact of Sector on School Organizations: Institutional and Market Logics
Davies, Scott; Quirke, Linda
Sociology of Education, v80 n1 p66 Jan 2007
Drawing on new institutional and market theories, this article derives three hypotheses for the effects of markets on educational organizations: They (1) weaken formal structures, (2) reverse tendencies toward isomorphism, and (3) force schools to recouple and compete via performance indicators. These ideas are investigated with data on private and public schools in Toronto, which, the authors argue, is a strategic research site. The findings vary by market sector. Newer, nonelite private schools seek niches, avoid performance indicators, and dilute formal structures, while older elite schools do the opposite. Thus, market effects on school organizations vary by sector. In conclusion, the authors argue that the impact of markets on schools is mitigated by local institutional conditions. Specifically, the presumed impact of markets on educational quality may be contingent upon certain institutional conditions that, when absent, channel market forces in more consumerist directions.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada (Toronto)