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Schooling as development: the role and task of school principals in national economic transformation

Schooling as development: the role and task of school principals in national economic transformation

Miller, Paul (2018) Schooling as development: the role and task of school principals in national economic transformation. Leading & Managing, 24 (1). pp. 1-15. ISSN 1329-4539

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Abstract

Schools exist and operate in environments characterised by national and international policies. Educational policies provide shape, direction and structure to schools and connect them to national education systems and to the wider world around them. Increasingly, many of the actions undertaken and outcomes produced by schools, as well as accountability and performance objectives, are influenced if not controlled by forces operating outside a school or even outside a national education system. These factors are each linked to reforms in education and are noticeable in the design of policies and their implementation, at times producing significant challenges for schools and for principals –tasked with implementing and achieving policy objectives at school level. This comparative qualitative study reports on findings from 10 school principals in England and Jamaica. The main findings are that principals are experiencing national policy overload; principals filter the implementation of government policies in order to cope; principals feel excluded from policy development; and policy content is increasingly framed towards achieving economic competitiveness. Miller’s (2016) baseline ‘Economic-motor model of schooling’ is applied to these findings as an analytical framework. When applied, this framework shows a conflictful relationship between governments and school principals characterised by power relations where national economic development is a primary aim of governments to be delivered byschools/ school leadership.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: education, principals, national economic transformation
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Last Modified: 20 Nov 2019 16:27
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/26091

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