The Autonomy Premium 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 Brian J Caldwell examines a series of compelling questions that bring the reader through the key pillars of autonomy-related studies. These include:
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. Professional autonomy trumps structural autonomy.
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.
Brian J. Caldwell is Principal Consultant at Educational Transformations and Professor Emeritus at the University of Melbourne where he is a former Dean of Education. He is a Past President of the Australian Council for Educational Leaders and a former Deputy Chair of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority. This is his 19th book. Previous titles from ACER Press include Re-imagining Educational Leadership and Why not the best schools?.