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The legal lives of schools: Preliminary ideas on the relationship between school organisations and their sociolegal environment

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Trimble, AJ, The legal lives of schools: Preliminary ideas on the relationship between school organisations and their sociolegal environment, Proceedings of The 24th annual Australia & New Zealand Education Law Association (ANZELA) Conference, 28-30 September 2015, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 143. (2015) [Conference Extract]


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Abstract

Whilst educational institutions and the laws which apply to them have developed in new directions in recent years, the organizational relationship between schools and their socio-legal environment, which underlies the very notion of Education Law, has not been widely discussed.

My recent research with Tasmanian school principals from all three schooling sectors, and both primary and secondary schools, has produced some interesting initial findings which resonate with developments in organization theory and which may contribute to some rethinking of our traditional understandings of the link between schools and the law.

Firstly, in terms of the legal environment (as widely defined), these ideas relate to the recognition of the role that social movements play in the legal environment, the differing forms and function of education law, and the impact felt by schools and school leaders as a consequence of "catastrophic events" in the education law sphere. The second topic of discussion concerns the organizational boundary-spanning function and the varying ways in which it is addressed, or not, in different schools.

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Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:education law, principals and the law, legal environment of schools
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist Studies in Education
Research Field:Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:School/Institution
Objective Field:Management and Leadership of Schools/Institutions
UTAS Author:Trimble, AJ (Ms Allison Trimble)
ID Code:126212
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2018-05-29
Last Modified:2018-05-30
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