Corporate managerialism in a rural setting: A contextualised case study

Year: 1994

Author: Hatton, Elizabeth

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Governments in Australia have become increasingly committed to policies drawn from economic rationalist perspectives. It is now commonplace in Australia to find education managed by two modes of operation originating from the corporate world of private enterprise: devolution of authority and responsibility, and strategic or school development planning.

This case study provides an interpretive account of the process of strategic planning in devolved structures in a small, rural primary school in northern New South Wales. It documents and analyses how the school sets about the process of strategic planning and follows the planning process through to classroom practice and student outcomes. Attention is drawn to distinctive difficulties of operating under management modes arising from corporate managerialism in a working- class, racially-divided, small rural community.