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Enacting the independent public schools program in Western Australia

Gobby, B. (2013) Enacting the independent public schools program in Western Australia. Issues in Educational Research, 23 (1). pp. 19-34.

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The Independent Public Schools (IPS) program began to be implemented in some Western Australian schools in 2010. The IPS program devolves a number of responsibilities to principals and is part of the political objective of removing the constraints of the education bureaucracy by fostering school level decision-making, problem-solving and innovation. This paper argues that IPS can be understood as an instance of 'advanced liberal government'. It then explores the enactment of IPS in a Western Australian high school. This paper suggests that while IPS was designed to empower principals from the constraints of the Department of Education, and principals are taking up the flexibilities offered by the program, some principals may be experiencing a lack of support and resources that imposes constraints in their capacity to innovate and problem-solve.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
Publisher: Institutes for Educational Research
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