Collaboration in Response to Marketization and Bureaucratization: Toward a More Inclusive Research Framework for Studying Contemporary Education Policy
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In this climate, schools are challenged to develop organizational forms that can support collaboration and community engagement, alongside the bureaucratic and accountability-driven reforms that demand more oversight, transparency, and demonstrable results. The second section of this paper begins to map emerging contradictions and opportunities presented by current reforms through a discussion of a case study of community building in a charter school. We do so by leveraging some basic features of current research from management science – specifically work from Adler, Heckscher, McCarthy, & Rubinstein (2015) – that draw directly on Weber’s ideas of instrumental rationality, in order to begin to understand how to prioritize the complicated role of local autonomy, collaboration, and community in implementation, while also taking into account the bureaucratic, and accountability- and market-driven nature of the current educational climate.