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Publication date: 12 September 2016

Brian John Caldwell

The purpose of this paper is to report four case studies in Australia that respond to the question: “How have schools with a relatively high degree of autonomy used their…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to report four case studies in Australia that respond to the question: “How have schools with a relatively high degree of autonomy used their increased authority and responsibility to make decisions that have led in explicit cause-and-effect fashion to higher levels of student achievement”?

Design/methodology/approach

A conventional case study methodology was adopted, framed by a review of evidence in the international literature. The studies were conducted in the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland and Victoria. Senior leaders in systems of public education in these jurisdictions nominated schools which have had a relatively high degree of autonomy for at least two years; have achieved high levels of student achievement, or have shown noteworthy improvement; and are able to explain how the link between autonomy and achievement had been made. The four schools chosen from these nominations represented different types as far as level and location were concerned. Triangulation of sources was a feature of the studies.

Findings

The findings reveal that the schools were able to explain the links and that it was possible to map the cause-and-effect chain. Schools used their autonomy to select staff and allocate funds in their budgets, each being capacities that came with a higher level of autonomy. Leadership was important.

Research limitations/implications

The paper cautions against generalizing the findings.

Originality/value

There is international interest in the extent to which granting public schools a higher level of autonomy than has traditionally been the case in various national settings has had an impact on student achievement. These case studies go part of the way in describing what schools do when they successfully take up a higher level of authority and responsibility as one strategy in efforts to raise levels of achievement.

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International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 30 no. 7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0951-354X

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Publication date: 27 March 2009

Brian Roberts

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International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 23 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0951-354X

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Publication date: 1 December 1976

Brian Griffin

JOHN SMITH'S assertion that librarianship is ‘getting the right book to the right reader at the right time’ (NLW, July), and Maurice Line's declaration that ‘the sole aim…

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JOHN SMITH'S assertion that librarianship is ‘getting the right book to the right reader at the right time’ (NLW, July), and Maurice Line's declaration that ‘the sole aim of librarianship is to serve users’ (NLW, September) are, like many truisms, well worth pondering over.

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New Library World, vol. 77 no. 12
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Publication date: 1 December 1964

WITH the Pompey doldrum in mind, many misgivings were expressed about the Rothesay conference as the delegated gravy trains raced north to Glasgow. (Incidentally Sir Brian

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WITH the Pompey doldrum in mind, many misgivings were expressed about the Rothesay conference as the delegated gravy trains raced north to Glasgow. (Incidentally Sir Brian Robertson will find comfort in our belief that rail travel is the most satisfying way to attend conference with corridor exchanges and dining car badinage shortening the long haul).

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New Library World, vol. 66 no. 11
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Publication date: 1 November 1964

With the Pompey doldrum in mind, many misgivings were expressed about the Rothesay conference as the delegated gravy trains raced north to Glasgow. (Incidentally Sir Brian

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With the Pompey doldrum in mind, many misgivings were expressed about the Rothesay conference as the delegated gravy trains raced north to Glasgow. (Incidentally Sir Brian Robertson will find comfort in our belief that rail travel is the most satisfying way to attend conference with corridor exchanges and dining car badinage shortening the long haul).

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New Library World, vol. 66 no. 5
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0307-4803

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Review of Marketing Research
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ISBN: 978-0-85724-726-1

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Publication date: 29 March 2011

Brian E. Roberts

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International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 25 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0951-354X

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Publication date: 1 February 1974

Frances Neel Cheney

Communications regarding this column should be addressed to Mrs. Cheney, Peabody Library School, Nashville, Term. 37203. Mrs. Cheney does not sell the books listed here…

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Communications regarding this column should be addressed to Mrs. Cheney, Peabody Library School, Nashville, Term. 37203. Mrs. Cheney does not sell the books listed here. They are available through normal trade sources. Mrs. Cheney, being a member of the editorial board of Pierian Press, will not review Pierian Press reference books in this column. Descriptions of Pierian Press reference books will be included elsewhere in this publication.

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Reference Services Review, vol. 2 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0090-7324

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Information Services for Innovative Organizations
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ISBN: 978-0-12465-030-5

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Publication date: 1 January 1954

Aarhus Kommunes Biblioteker (Teknisk Bibliotek), Ingerslevs Plads 7, Aarhus, Denmark. Representative: V. NEDERGAARD PEDERSEN (Librarian).

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Aarhus Kommunes Biblioteker (Teknisk Bibliotek), Ingerslevs Plads 7, Aarhus, Denmark. Representative: V. NEDERGAARD PEDERSEN (Librarian).

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Aslib Proceedings, vol. 6 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0001-253X

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