The Autonomy Premium

Professional Autonomy and Student Achievement in the 21st Century

By Brian J. Caldwell

Contributions by: John Hattie, Ben Jensen

This is a concise response to the popular and often loosely defined debate about whether higher levels of student achievement may flow from autonomy in school management and professional practice. Drawing on over 40 years of research, author Caldwell examines a series of compelling questions that bring the reader through the key pillars of autonomy-related studies. Through the lens of case studies in Australian public schools with support for autonomy across levels of government, the book focuses on research where the links to learning improvement have been mapped. In addition to a capacity for local decision-making for school improvement, the findings highlight local discretion in curriculum, personnel, pedagogy, and resources. The Autonomy Premium is essential reading for anyone with an interest in understanding the policy and practice of designing drivers that can shape successful school autonomy. *** "Caldwell has been among the most important and prolific writers on the topic of autonomy...any user of this term must read this book."~--Laureate Professor John Hattie, Graduate School of Education, Univ. of Melbourne *** "It is difficult to underestimate the contribution Brian Caldwell has made to Australian education, not to mention to global work in education. There is perhaps no greater sign of ground-breaking accomplishments when one's work becomes accepted widsom -- even more so when that work pushes thinking in new directions." --Dr. Ben Jensen, CEO of Learning First [Subject: Education, Education Policy]

Publication Date: 10/13/2016
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781742863788