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ERIC Number: EJ984633
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1056-7879
Analyzing and Critiquing the Concepts of Professional Autonomy and Accountability through the Prisms of Decentralization and Constructivist Theory
Shapiro, Arthur; Koren, Andrej
International Journal of Educational Reform, v21 n4 p224-237 Fall 2012
This analysis and synthesis explores constructs of professional autonomy and accountability using constructivist theory and practice to examine the organizational dynamics of centralization/decentralization, particularly as applied to educational organizations. Major schools of constructivist thought are explored to shed light on centralization/decentralization dynamics, which then are used to explore constructs of professional autonomy and accountability. Oldroyd's comparison of the United States and United Kingdom's heavy focus on "education for results," or accountability, is compared with Scandinavia's preference for "education for learning." The former results in centralization and accountability; the latter emphasizes the local locus of control, thus supporting autonomy. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United States