Utopia revisited - or is it better the second time around?

Thody, Angela (2000) Utopia revisited - or is it better the second time around? Journal of educational administration and history, 32 (2). pp. 46-62. ISSN 0022-0620

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UTOPIA REVISITED or is it better the second time around?
This article essays comparisons between nineteenth- and twentieth-century school management and its direction and control by central government.
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This article essays comparisons between nineteenth- and twentieth-century school management and its direction and control by central government. Its starting point is 1816 when Jeremy Bentham presented his utopian vision of a model school, to be managed by a school master exhibiting competences detailed in his Chrestomathic Table. This has similarities to the headteachers’ competences required in the late twentieth century by the government through the Teacher Training Agency. The article presents several areas for comparisons in addition to competences: definitions of effective management, governance and local community influence and the focus on quality assurance. Both periods have seen major changes in educational management and administration but will the lessons learnt from these innovations when first introduced in the nineteenth century be transferred to the late twentieth century?

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Additional Information:This article essays comparisons between nineteenth- and twentieth-century school management and its direction and control by central government. Its starting point is 1816 when Jeremy Bentham presented his utopian vision of a model school, to be managed by a school master exhibiting competences detailed in his Chrestomathic Table. This has similarities to the headteachers’ competences required in the late twentieth century by the government through the Teacher Training Agency. The article presents several areas for comparisons in addition to competences: definitions of effective management, governance and local community influence and the focus on quality assurance. Both periods have seen major changes in educational management and administration but will the lessons learnt from these innovations when first introduced in the nineteenth century be transferred to the late twentieth century?
Keywords:history, schools, school leadership, school leaders, headteachers, competences, competencies, Bentham, Chrestomathia, school principals
Subjects:X Education > X370 Academic studies in Education (across phases)
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V320 Social History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V144 Modern History 1800-1899
Divisions:College of Social Science > Centre for Educational Research & Development (CERD)
ID Code:1655
Deposited By: Angela Thody
Deposited On:10 Oct 2008 07:55
Last Modified:13 Mar 2013 08:30

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