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Author Whitty, Geoff.

Title Devolution and choice in education : the school, the state and the market / Geoff Whitty, Sally Power and David Halpin
Published Camberwell, Vic. : Australian Council for Educational Research, 1998


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Description vi, 170 pages ; 23 cm
Series Australian education review ; no. 41
Australian education review ; no. 41
Contents pt. 1. Mapping education reform. 1. Introduction. 2. Restructuring public education in five countries. 3. Devolution and choice: a global phenomenon? -- pt. II. The school, the state and the market. 4. School managers, the state and the market. 5. Changing teachers' work. 6. Classrooms and the curriculum. 7. The self-managing school and the community -- pt. III. Problems and prospects in the politics of education. 8. Effectiveness, efficiency and equity. 9. Beyond devolution and choice
Summary They argue that, if these damaging equity effects are to be avoided, there is an urgent need to redress the balance between consumer rights and citizen rights in education
This book examines recent school reforms in England and Wales, the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden. It suggests that, at the same time as appearing to devolve power to individual schools and parents, governments have actually been increasing their own capacity to 'steer' the system at a distance. Focusing particularly on the 'quasi-markets' favoured by the New Right, the authors review the research evidence on the impact of the reforms to date. They conclude that there is no strong evidence to support the educational benefits claimed by the proponents of the reforms and considerable evidence that they are enabling advantaged schools and advantaged parents to maximize their advantages
Analysis Administrative decentralisation
Australia overseas comparisons
Educational choice
Educational objectives
Federal state devolution
Market forces
Notes Includes index
Published simultaneously: Buckingham (England) : Open University Press
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 143-160
Notes Australian education review no:41 0311-6875
Subject Education and state -- Cross-cultural studies.
Education -- Political aspects -- Cross-cultural studies.
Education -- Political aspects.
Educational change -- Cross-cultural studies.
Educational change.
Education and state.
School choice -- Cross-cultural studies.
School choice.
School management and organization.
School management and organization -- Cross-cultural studies.
School-based management -- Cross-cultural studies.
Schools -- Decentralization -- Cross-cultural studies.
Schools -- Decentralization.
Author Halpin, David.
Power, Sally.
Australian Council for Educational Research.
ISBN 0864311907
Other Titles Devolution & choice in education