Maintaining the integrity of public education : a comparative analysis of school autonomy in the United States and Australia

Keddie, Amanda 2016, Maintaining the integrity of public education : a comparative analysis of school autonomy in the United States and Australia, Comparative education review, vol. 60, no. 2, pp. 249-270, doi: 10.1086/685556.

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Title Maintaining the integrity of public education : a comparative analysis of school autonomy in the United States and Australia
Author(s) Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda orcid.org/0000-0001-6111-0615
Journal name Comparative education review
Volume number 60
Issue number 2
Start page 249
End page 270
Total pages 22
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Place of publication Chicago, Ill.
Publication date 2016-05
ISSN 0010-4086
1545-701X
Summary This article takes a critical comparative approach to examining autonomous schooling in the United States and Australia. Amid the market imperatives currently driving education priorities, its focus is on how autonomy can be mobilized in ways that preserve the integrity of public education. Through reference to key debates and research about school autonomy in the United States and Australia, integrity is defined with reference to three values: (1) public ownership (i.e., governance that is responsive to the people it serves), (2) equity and access (i.e., adequate funding and inclusive student admission practices), and (3) public purpose (i.e., prioritizing the moral and social purposes of education; Darling-Hammond and Montgomery 2008). The analysis is mindful of the resonances and differences between the education systems in the United States and Australia and the fluidity and complexity of the notion of autonomous schooling. Against this backdrop, the article illustrates the significance of embedding these values within school autonomy policy in order to preserve the integrity of public education.
Language eng
DOI 10.1086/685556
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
Socio Economic Objective 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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