This book will provide practical and educative accountability policies, ie. processes and criteria that will enhance the quality of learning, teaching and leadership in educational institutions and systems. Its scope will be limited to: a review of the history of ideas and international policies concerning accountability; policy research methodology designed to produce educative alternatives; reporting policy research findings obtained using the methodology; and, exploring the implications of the findings for principals, teachers, parents and system managers.
Dr Clive Dimmock This is a welcome addition to the literature on educational accountability which, as a growing policy thrust in education in the 1970s and 1980s, inspired a number of books, but has attracted little in the way of authoritative or definitive texts, since. The field of education is thus ready for a well researched book on accountability which not only maps developments of a theorectical and conceptual kind, but tracks policy trends and practical issues through the last two decades, and in so doing, sets the scene for the next millenium. This book fulfils that role. It is a substantive and definitive text in its field...This book derives from a project the author was invited to undertake, aimed at helping the Tasmanian Education Authority re-think its accountability policies and practices. However, in the authors words, the project drew from and speaks to the challenges being faced in the United States, England and Wales. Consequently, the book has relevance for, and should appeal to, an international readership. It offers an invaluable source for comparativists interested in policy trends in England and Wales, the USA and Australia. It is refreshing to read a book which adopts a robust methodology, reports empirical data, provides an informative policy background and a critical policy analysis, and achieves all of this while managing to advance theoretical and conceptual frameworks underpinning both methodology and the substantive area of accountabilty. This important book fills a void. It will be read and consulted by professional educators in whatever capacity. It will have particular appeal for those studying postgraduate courses at bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. Educational Management and Administration
The international challenge of accountability. Rehabilitating a politically incorrect policy issue. From consensus to conflict in England and Wales. The new right intervention in England and Wales. The contested policy settlement in England and Wales. Accountability policy evolution in US public education. Testing, testing, 1, 2, 3 ... confusion in the early 1990s. The adequacy of US policies and policy making. Accountability policy research in Tasmania. Epistemological reflections on policy research. Accountability policy preferences in Tasmania. Tasmanian parents' policy preferences and implications. Tasmanian teachers' policy preferences concerning accountability: individualistic or communitarian professionalism? Tasmanian principal's policy preferences and implications. System administrators' policy preferences: mediating purposes and politics while supporting community school development. Reflections on educative accountability policy: theory, practice and research. Bibliography.