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Governing Education: Public Sector Reform or Privatization / Edition 1

Governing Education: Public Sector Reform or Privatization / Edition 1

by Paul C. Bauman


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ISBN-13: 9780205162208
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date: 10/23/1995
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.06(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures.


1. Uncertainty in Public Education.
Political and Social Concerns.
Definition Problems.
Complex Goals.
Education and the Individual • Education and Society • Measuring Educational Outcomes • Education in the Information Age.
Governance and Educational Leadership.
Changing Educational Governance • Practicing Governance.
Seminar Questions.
Suggested Readings.

2. Definitions and Interpretations of Governance.
Structural-Bureaucratic Definitions.
Contextual Definitions.
Governance as Public Discussion.
Governance as a Policy Process.
Governance as a Political Game.
Governance as a System.
Contemporary Definitions.
Seminar Questions.

3. A Brief History of School Governance.
Formative Periods in the History of American Education.
Implications of Six Historical Periods.
Colonial America: 1600-1776.
Nation-Building: 1776-1865.
Industrial America: 1865-1950s.
Conflict: The 1960s and 1970s.
State Reforms: The 1980s.
Questioning Governance: The 1990s.
Seminar Questions.
Suggested Readings.

4. Four Sectors of Influence.
The Size and Scope of Public Education in the United States.
Four Sectors of Governance.
Public Education as the Government Sector • The Private Sector's Role in Educational Governance • Non Profit and Special Interest Groups • The Media's Role in EducationalGovernance.
Balancing Four Sectors.
Educational Governance at the Local, State, and Federal Level.
Local District Governance • State Level Governance • Federal Level Governance.
Implications of Three Levels and Three Branches of Government.
The Problems of Bureaucratic Governance.
Considerations for Structural Reform.
Seminar Questions.
Suggested Readings.

5. Political and Cultural Values.
The Political Perspective.
Political Values.
Public and Private Values • Partisan Political Values in Education.
Community Politics in Education.
Demographic Trends • The Urban-Suburban Split • School Board Politics • School Building and Classroom Politics.
Cultural Values.
States as Political Sub-cultures • The Culture of Schools and Classrooms • Professional Cultures • Assessing and Managing Cultures • Political and Cultural Uncertainty.
Seminar Questions.
Suggested Readings.

6. Reforming School and System-Wide Governance.
The Context of School Reform.
Politics of Decentralization • Implementation Issues and Opportunities.
Balancing Decentralization and Centralization.
Philosophy of Choice • Types of Choice.
Charter Schools.
School Board Reform.
State Governance Reform.
Public and Private Sector Partnerships.
School-Business Partnerships • School-Public Agency Agreements • School-Community Partnerships • School Finance Reforms.
The Cumulative Effects of School Reform on Educational Governance.
Seminar Questions.

7. Governance Skills.
The Context of Educational Administration.
Strategic Thinking.
Technical Skills Inventory.
Political Savvy.
Building a Power Base • Interpersonal and Organizational Communications • Persuasion • Consensus Building and Collaboration • Networking • Conflict Management.
Ethical Leadership.
Organizing and Balancing Skill Requirements.
Manager/Economist • Colleague/Communitarian.
Seminar Questions.
Suggested Readings.

8. The Future of Educational Governance.
Challenges to the Public Sector and Democratic Governance.
Balancing Political Authority.
Rebuilding Democracy in the Public System.
Reframing the Politics of Education.
Privatizing Public Education.
Opportunities and Issues.
The Expanding Influence of the Non Profit Sector and the Media.
System-Wide Concerns and Recommendations.
Balancing American Values in Education • Strengthening the Value of Community • Teaching and Learning about Governance • Leadership • Communities and Conversations.
Seminar Questions.
Suggested Readings.

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