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ERIC Number: EJ774347
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 32
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0924-3453
The Effect of School Autonomy and School Internal Decentralization on Students' Reading Literacy
Maslowski, Ralf; Scheerens, Jaap; Luyten, Hans
School Effectiveness and School Improvement, v18 n3 p303-334 Sep 2007
Over the past 2 decades, a large number of countries have been engaged in the decentralization of decision-making to schools. Although the motives and incentives for school autonomy are often diverse, it is commonly believed that decentralization will enhance the quality of schooling. Based on a secondary analysis of data from OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA 2000), this study aims at testing to what degree this assumption is supported by empirical data. For that purpose, 4 domains of autonomy and internal decentralization are taken into account: personnel management, financial resources, student policies, and curriculum. The results indicate that more autonomy in personnel management is related to higher levels of reading literacy. This relationship, however, disappears when differences between schools' student composition are taken into account. No significant associations were found for the other 3 domains. (Contains 3 tables, 1 figure and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment