Accountability vs. teacher autonomy

An issue of balance

Authored by: Miriam Ben-Peretz

Routledge International Handbook of Teacher and School Development

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  June  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415669702
eBook ISBN: 9780203815564
Adobe ISBN: 9781136715976


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I start this chapter with a personal memory of my school days. Every day, upon my return from school, my mother used to ask me: “Has anything bothered you today?” She did not inquire about my grades, but was concerned about my feelings. At that time, I did not understand the reasons behind this question, but it seems to me that it represents an important component of parents’ approaches and attitudes toward schooling; namely, does school provide a supportive climate? Are their children happy at school?

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