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ERIC Number: EJ987151
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Make or Buy? That's Really Not the Question
Peurach, Donald J.; Glazer, Joshua L.; Lenhoff, Sarah Winchell
Phi Delta Kappan, v93 n7 p51-55 Apr 2012
Conventional thinking holds that districts and schools face a strategic decision between two fundamentally different alternatives: make or buy? The former refers to planning, designing, and enacting school-specific improvement initiatives. The latter refers to contracting with external providers of schoolwide improvement programs. However, there is much to suggest that "make or buy" is actually a false dichotomy that diverts attention from the core issue of systemic school improvement: collaborative, experiential learning among schools, districts, and external providers. As such, this analysis draws from research on comprehensive school reform and franchise-like organizational replication to suggest criteria for identifying external providers likely to function as full partners in such learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A