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The legal lives of schools: Preliminary ideas on the relationship between school organisations and their sociolegal environment
Whilst educational institutions and the laws which apply to them have developed in new directions in recent years, the organizational relationship between schools and their socio-legal environment, which underlies the very notion of Education Law, has not been widely discussed.
My recent research with Tasmanian school principals from all three schooling sectors, and both primary and secondary schools, has produced some interesting initial findings which resonate with developments in organization theory and which may contribute to some rethinking of our traditional understandings of the link between schools and the law.
Firstly, in terms of the legal environment (as widely defined), these ideas relate to the recognition of the role that social movements play in the legal environment, the differing forms and function of education law, and the impact felt by schools and school leaders as a consequence of “catastrophic events” in the education law sphere. The second topic of discussion concerns the organizational boundary-spanning function and the varying ways in which it is addressed, or not, in different schools.
Publication titleProceedings of The 24th annual Australia & New Zealand Education Law Association (ANZELA) Conference
EditorsA Knott, E Dickson, P McCann
PublisherAustralia and New Zealand Education Law Association
Place of publicationAustralia
Event titleThe 24th annual Australia & New Zealand Education Law Association (ANZELA) Conference
Event VenueBrisbane, Australia
Date of Event (Start Date)2015-09-28
Date of Event (End Date)2015-09-30