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Alberta's (Canada) recent educational reforms exhibit the characteristic elements of new public management (NPM), an international government reform trend that has emerged and grown over the past two decades. This paper describes a study undertaken to explore the impacts of the educational reforms on schools, including the behavior of school staff and parent "customers." Interviews with principals and teachers at three Edmonton (Alberta) schools hinted that the reforms may be having unanticipated impacts. These include increasing the gap in educational opportunities and outcomes between lower and higher income students and increasing the levels of principal and teacher stress. Additional "goal-free" evaluations of the educational reforms would help to establish the actual impacts of the reform and whether they are the same as the intended impacts. Contains 25 references. (Author/BT)

Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Interviews, Outcomes of Education, Professional Personnel, Teacher Surveys











Author: Evans, Judith Ellen

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=12206&id=ED427996



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