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Accountability: Towards Reconstructing a 'Politically Incorrect' Policy Issue


Macpherson, RJS, Accountability: Towards Reconstructing a 'Politically Incorrect' Policy Issue, Educational Management and Administration, 24, (2) pp. 139 - 150. ISSN 1741-1432 (1996) [Non Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1177/0263211X96242003


Accountability, it is claimed, has become a 'politically incorrect' issue because: governments have encountered the limitations of simplistic market thinking just as the economic and political pressure for intervention in education has waned; parental desire to participate in governance has been largely satiated; and teachers are reasserting their view of professionalism. Despite all this, is it argued that accepting responsibility in education implies public accountability; accountability in education implies formative evaluation, educative reporting relationships and politically sensitive planning; and that educational leaders need to help legitimate stakeholders produce educative accountability policies that will help to improve the quality of learning, teaching and leadership. © 1996 SAGE Publication.

Item Details

Item Type:Non Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Educational administration, management and leadership
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Macpherson, RJS (Associate Professor Reynold Macpherson)
ID Code:7150
Year Published:1996
Deposited By:Secondary and Post-Compulsory Education
Deposited On:1996-08-01
Last Modified:2011-09-08

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