Leading schools down under: Where are the real decisions made?

Tony Townsend, Cathy Wylie, Jane Wilkinson

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The past three decades have seen a world‐wide movement towards various policies and practices related to school autonomy. Much of this has been a response to globalization.Many of the policies related to it are couched in terms that suggest that the movement towards forms of school autonomy (variously called school‐based management or SBM, site‐based decision making, site‐based budgeting, self‐managing/self‐governing schools, charter schools and local management of schools) is an important approach to improving school practices to meet the changing expectations of various stakeholders and the high global demands for education in the twenty‐first century. Alongside this expectation that self‐management will lead to greater levels of performance, there is also the suggestion that having self‐managing schools will somehow empower local communities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley International Handbook of Educational Leadership
EditorsDuncan White, Ira Bogotch
Place of PublicationHoboken NJ USA
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781118956687
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Publication series

NameThe Wiley Handbooks in Education

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