Knowledge, Experts and Accountability in School Governing Bodies

Journal article


Young, H (2015). Knowledge, Experts and Accountability in School Governing Bodies. Educational Management Administration & Leadership. 45 (1), pp. 40-56.
AuthorsYoung, H
Abstract

Winner of the BELMAS Early Career Researcher EMAL Best Paper Award for 2017.
School governing bodies in England have considerable powers and responsibilities with regard to the education of pupils. This paper explores how power relations operate, within governing bodies, through struggles over which types of knowledge are claimed and valued. The paper draws on the analysis of policy and on ethnographic research in the governing bodies of four maintained schools to explore the complex interactions between lay, educational and managerial knowledge. The paper suggests that educational and managerial expertise are privileged over lay knowledge. Hence, the concept of ‘lay’ knowledge, which is attached to external governors, is easily co-opted by managerial knowledge as it does not have alternative expert knowledge attached to it.

Keywordsadministration leadership management schools
Year2015
JournalEducational Management Administration & Leadership
Journal citation45 (1), pp. 40-56
PublisherSage
ISSN1741-1440
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1177/1741143215595415
FunderEconomic and Social Research Council
BELMAS
Publication dates
Print27 Nov 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited09 Sep 2016
Accepted27 Nov 2015
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
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