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Explores conceptual frameworks and methodological approaches applicable in the research of decentralisation, globalisation, school-based management and education reforms
Examines central discourses surrounding the debate of decentralisation, access and equity in schooling globally
Illustrates how the relationship between decentralisation, globalisation, democracy and education policy affects current models and trends in schooling globally
Demonstrates ideological imperatives of globalisation and its impact on trends in decentralisation, democracy and equality
Evaluates the ambivalent and problematic relationship between the State, decentralisation, education reforms and outcomes in education globally
The relationship between government, education reform and student outcomes is an ambivalent and often problematic one. Focusing on the interplay between decentralization, globalization, and education reforms, this book draws on recent studies to explore the conceptual frameworks and methodological approaches that can be applied to research covering the state, globalization, equality, and education. It lays bare the neo-liberal ideological imperatives of education and policy reforms, and illustrates the way the relationship between the state and education policy affects current models and trends in education reforms and schooling globally.
The chapters critically analyze the dominant discourses about decentralization and comparative education and examine the current resurgence of neo-liberal ideological models in education, both newly constructed and re-invented. To ensure as broad a perspective on the issues as possible, the authors employ a raft of diverse paradigms in comparative education research, ranging from critical theory to globalization.
This in-depth exploration of globalization, ideology and democracy in education examines both the reasons for and outcomes of education reforms, decentralization, policy change and transformation. In doing so, it seeks to provide a more informed critique on Western-driven models of accountability, quality and school effectiveness. It is the eighth in the 12-volume book series Globalization, Comparative Education and Policy Research, which presents scholarly research on major discourses in comparative education research with reference to decentralization and school-based management. The series provides an accessible, practical yet scholarly source of information about international issues in the field of globalization and comparative education.
Foreword. Preface; Joseph Zajda.
Introduction. SECTION 1: MAIN TRENDS AND ISSUES in DECENTRALISATION, SCHOOL-BASED MANAGEMENT.
1. Decentralisation and School-Based Management: A Comparative Study of Self-Governing Schools Models; David Gamage & Joseph Zajda. 2. Globalised Educational Governance, Decentralisation and Grassroots Responses; Holger Daun. 3. Centralisation and Decentralisation in Education: A New Dimension to Policy; Brian J. Caldwell. 4. Unresolved issues in Globalisation, Decentralisation and Privatisation; David Turner. 5. Decentralisation and Market Mechanisms in Education - Examples from Six European Countries; Holger Daun & Petroula Siminou. 6. Managing School Change: Continuous Improvement Based on a Shared Vision and a Strategic Plan; David Gamage. SECTION 2: CASE STUDIES.
7. Decentralisation of Education: Promising Initiative or Problematic Notion? Suzanne Majhanovich. 8. Decentralising Indonesian Education: The Promise and the Price; Alpha Amirrachman, Saefudin Syafi’I & Anthony Welch. 9. Decentralisation in Senegal - Ambiguous Agendas for Community Education; Andrea Clemons. 10. Decentralisation and Education in Africa: The Case of Uganda; Immaculate K. Namukasa & Ronald Buye. 11. State and Parental Roles in the Decentralised Education System in Nicaragua; Nuzzly Ruiz de Forsberg. 12. Teachers' Empowerment and Commitment at School-Based and Non-School–Based Sites; Haim Gaziel. Index.