The book makes an overview of the world wide economic, political, cultural and educational changes since the beginning of the 1980 s and presents the new type of educational governance. It describes the processes of globalization and how national education systems have responded to these processes. It argues that symbolic world models (for the way of organizing national societies and education) have emerged in international agencies and how these models are borrowed, imitated, imposed and so on, when different countries reform their primary and secondary education.
This book extensively reviews outcomes of educational decentralization using research findings from Australia, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Czech Republic, Sweden, England, Mozambique, South Africa, Senegal, Nicaragua, the USA.
It also presents grassroots cases from different countries against the background of the overall changes in governance philosophy and applications. It reviews literature and reports on decentralization in the wider context of educational restructuring and gives a detailed account for different types of decentralization and their short and medium term impact. Also, it presents case studies from countries in Africa, Europe and Latin America and describes what is taking place at the local levels. Focus is on the outcomes in terms of parent and teacher participation in school.
Introduction 1. Globalization and the Governance of National Education Systems;Holger Daun.- 2. How does Educational Decentralization Work and What has it Achieved?;Holger Daun.- 3.The State gives, the State Takes: Educational Restructuring in Norway;Anne Smehaugen.-. 4.Steps of Educational Decentralization in Greece: Between Delegation and Deconcentration;Petroula Siminou.-5.School Autonomy in Nicaragua - Two Case Studies;Nuzzly Ruiz de Forsberg.- 6.Decentralization in Senegal - Ambiguous Agendas for Community Education;Andrea Clemons.- 7.Technocratic School Governance and South Africa's Quest for Democratic Participation;Suzanne Grant Lewis & Jordan Naidoo.- 8.Educational Decentralisation in Mozambique - A Case Study in the Region of Nampula; Calista Ribeiro. 9. Decentralization and Community Participation: School Clusters in Cambodia;Arnaldo Pellini.- 10. People s Participation in School Governance? Realities of Educational Decentralization in Nepal;Makesh Nath Parajuli.- 11. Educational Governance: Comparison of Some Aspects; Holger Daun. Author Index Subject Index
From the reviews:
"...I think this book is of great importance globally. It should appeal to policy makers, teacher educators and school administrators around the world." (Dr. Joseph Zajda, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne Campus, Australia)
Here is a review of worldwide economic, political, cultural and educational changes since the beginning of the 1980s, examining new trends in educational governance. It describes the processes of globalization and shows how national education systems have responded. The book explains how world education models have emerged in international agencies and traces the ways these models are borrowed, imitated, imposed and adapted as different countries reform primary and secondary education.
Offers a broad view on world system and globalization
Links the global and the local and shows how the globalized policy is implemented in the local context
Contains "grassroots" case studies from different countries applying a similar world-wide policy