School autonomy as ‘the way of the future’: Issues of equity, public purpose and moral leadership

Keddie, Amanda 2016, School autonomy as ‘the way of the future’: Issues of equity, public purpose and moral leadership, Educational management administration and leadership, vol. 44, no. 5, pp. 713-727, doi: 10.1177/1741143214559231.

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Title School autonomy as ‘the way of the future’: Issues of equity, public purpose and moral leadership
Author(s) Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda
Journal name Educational management administration and leadership
Volume number 44
Issue number 5
Start page 713
End page 727
Total pages 15
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016-09-01
ISSN 1741-1432
Keyword(s) Equity
Independent Public Schools (IPS)
moral leadership
public purpose
school autonomy
Summary This paper presents interview data from research conducted in two public high schools in the state of Queensland, Australia. The research was concerned with exploring issues of equity and diversity. Both schools had recently converted to ‘independent’ status within a new state policy reform – the Independent Public Schools initiative. This reform was seen as having a significant effect on matters of equity and diversity and so became an important focus of the research. Within current accountability parameters, there were concerns expressed by key personnel at the schools about how converting to an Independent Public Schools was both enabling and constraining student equity in terms of resource distribution and school access, and undermining schools’ focus on their public purpose in relation to imposing an excessive focus on narrow external accountability measures. These concerns bring to light the significance of moral leadership within autonomous schooling environments – shaped as they are by regimes of accountability and competition that can clearly compromise student equity and delimit schooling purposes.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1741143214559231
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930401 Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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