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Authority and Responsibility in Public Schooling

by Donna H. Kerr - 1987

The motivating question of this chapter is, At what levels in schooling's hierarchy should what decisions be made and what actions taken? After a brief sketch of schooling's decision structure, we will address four prior questions, answers to which are necessary to deciding who should be doing what regarding the schools: (1) What should be the primary or guiding task of schooling? (2) Who should bear the responsibility for maintaining the conditions of formal education? (3) To whom should the authority for educating be delegated? and (4) In educating, what should be the responsibilities of the teachers? Responses to these questions suggest a framework of authority and responsibility within which proposals for school improvement can be more appropriately and more effectively placed.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 86, No. 1.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 88 Number 5, 1987, p. 20-40
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18975, Date Accessed: 10/25/2020 1:01:16 AM

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  • Donna Kerr
    University of Washington
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    DONNA H. KERR works at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and at the University of Washington.
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