The participation of volunteer citizens in school governance
Ranson, Stewart, Arnott, Margaret, McKeown, Penny, Martin, Jane and Smith, Penny. (2005) The participation of volunteer citizens in school governance. Educational Review, Vol. 57 (No. 3). pp. 357-371. ISSN 0013-1911Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131910500149457
This study of school governors across the UK has suggested that while school governors and school boards had adopted (modernizing) perspectives of monitoring schools to improve performance they have nevertheless developed conceptions of governance which are independent of 'the state' and reflect local cultural traditions of governing education. In this sense governors have become active citizens. Our concluding analysis, however, proposes that school governance in many respects remains significantly unrepresentative of some of its significant parent constituencies. As such citizen participation in school governance has yet to be realized in many communities. The cultural traditions of education across the UK have all tended to reproduce the tradition of the school as a space of professional regulation. This study of school governance and school boards concludes that although participation has developed to strengthen institutions in the official world of the public sphere, it remains incomplete. Arguably, schools will not become effective learning communities until they become truly cosmopolitan learning communities, and they will only realize that vision when democratic governance is strengthened at the level of school and community as well as the local authority.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Education|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Educational Review|
|Number of Pages:||15|
|Page Range:||pp. 357-371|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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