School autonomy as 'the way of the future': issues of equity, public purpose and moral leadership

Keddie, Amanda (2015) School autonomy as 'the way of the future': issues of equity, public purpose and moral leadership. Educational Management Administration & Leadership, 44 5: 713-727. doi:10.1177/1741143214559231

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Author Keddie, Amanda
Title School autonomy as 'the way of the future': issues of equity, public purpose and moral leadership
Journal name Educational Management Administration & Leadership   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1741-1432
Publication date 2015-01-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1177/1741143214559231
Volume 44
Issue 5
Start page 713
End page 727
Total pages 15
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Language eng
Abstract 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.
Keyword Equity
Independent Public Schools (IPS)
Moral leadership
Public purpose
School autonomy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print March 17, 2015

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