In this essay, Jal Mehta examines the challenges faced by American schooling and the reasons for persistent failure of American school reforms to achieve successful educational outcomes at scale. He concludes that many of the problems faced by American schools are artifacts of the bureaucratic form in which the education sector as a whole was cast: “We are trying to solve a problem that requires professional skill and expertise by using bureaucratic levers of requirements and regulations.” Building on research from a variety of fields and disciplines, Mehta advances a “sectoral” perspective on education reform, exploring how this shift in thinking could help education stakeholders produce quality practice across the nation.
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Research Article| September 03 2013
From Bureaucracy to Profession: Remaking the Educational Sector for the Twenty-First Century
Harvard Educational Review (2013) 83 (3): 463–488.
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Jal Mehta; From Bureaucracy to Profession: Remaking the Educational Sector for the Twenty-First Century. Harvard Educational Review 1 September 2013; 83 (3): 463–488. doi: https://doi.org/10.17763/haer.83.3.kr08797621362v05
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