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ERIC Number: EJ782332
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 49
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 268
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Innovation in Education Markets: Theory and Evidence on the Impact of Competition and Choice in Charter Schools
Lubienski, Christopher
American Educational Research Journal, v40 n2 p395-443 2003
Charter schools elevate choice and competition to foster educational innovations. Indeed, these market-style mechanisms are intended to challenge standardized practices associated with district administration of schools. However, a comprehensive review of practices in charter schools indicates that, although some organizational innovations are evident, classroom strategies tend toward the familiar. Drawing on organizational and economic theory, this article considers the forces shaping educational innovation in market-oriented reforms. Although reformers assume that competition and choice necessarily lead to innovations within schools, a more complex examination of competitive institutional environments suggests that mechanisms employed by reformers may actually undercut their intended purposes. The discussion highlights the potential for choice and competition to constrain opportunities for educational innovation and to impose pedagogical and curricular conformity. (Contains 3 tables and 19 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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