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Devolution of Responsibility to Queensland Schools: Clarifying the Rhetoric, Critiquing the Reality

Journal of Educational Administration

ISSN: 0957-8234

Article publication date: 1 April 1992



Presents a case study of the emergence and early stages of implementation of Queensland Education Department′s policy for devolution of responsibility to State Schools. Has four major purposes: to clarify the rhetoric by which the Department has developed and promoted its devolution policy; critically to examine the efficacy of the policy when it is “played out”, in “reality”, at the “school face”; to explore possible positive outcomes of the policy, potential impediments (within the Department and school community), and prerequisites to effective implementation; and to consider what is needed in pre‐service teacher education to enable future teachers readily to function in a school‐based organizational context. The “message” which emerges from these considerations is that stakeholders at all levels need to be vigilant observers, watching for inconsistencies as they develop, between the rhetoric and the reality of devolution policy in practice – in particular, “regression” towards centralized, bureaucratic control. Proposes an approach to a safeguard mechanism which could be applied at regular intervals. Poses questions at two levels: at the system level and at the level of the community at large.



Burke, C. (1992), "Devolution of Responsibility to Queensland Schools: Clarifying the Rhetoric, Critiquing the Reality", Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 30 No. 4.




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