Metas, amenazas y (des)confianza: La troika del nuevo management para directores de escuelas públicas en Chile

Translated title of the contribution: Targets, threats and (dis)trust: The managerial troika for public school principals in chile

Carmen Montecinos, LUIS ANDRES AHUMADA FIGUEROA, Sergio Galdames, Fabián Campos, MARIA VERONICA LEIVA GUERRERO

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Abstract

Public education in Chile has been steadily losing students as a result of the implementation, for the last 35 years, of a market model. In this paper we exemplify how a structural problem (public schools’ declining enrollment) created by neoliberal educational policies is transformed into an individual problem to be managed by the public school principal. Principals must sign a performance-based contract that specifies sanctions and incentives for meeting enrollment targets. The current paper examines, through data produced by in-depth interviews and shadowing, how 19 principals worked target. Findings show that to manage enrollment principals spent, on average, 24% of their time performing marketing tasks. Principals, thus, have developed an entrepreneurial self, which is promoted by quasi-market school governance models. Through this entrepreneurship they manage various threats that represent barriers to the possibilities for meeting enrollment targets.

Translated title of the contributionTargets, threats and (dis)trust: The managerial troika for public school principals in chile
Original languageSpanish
Article number87
JournalEducation Policy Analysis Archives
Volume23
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2015

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