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Title: Are disadvantaged schools slow to adopt school-based management reforms? Evidence from India
Authors: Guha, Panchali 
Keywords: India
school disadvantage
school management committee
School-based management
Issue Date: 18-Jul-2021
Publisher: UBM Exhibition Singapore PTE LTD
Citation: Guha, Panchali (2021-07-18). Are disadvantaged schools slow to adopt school-based management reforms? Evidence from India. Policy Design and Practice 4 (4) : 517-533. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
Abstract: School-based management reforms continue to be popular in developing countries, but they may have the effect of increasing educational inequalities if (a) advantaged schools adopt them early while disadvantaged schools do not, and (b) they lead to quality improvements in adopting schools. It is therefore instructive to examine the adoption behavior of advantaged and disadvantaged schools. This article examines the correlation between aspects of school (dis)advantage and the time to adoption of school-based management arrangements in Indian government schools. It finds that better-resourced schools–those with greater levels of school infrastructure and more educated teachers–did adopt faster. On the other hand, keeping everything else constant, schools catering to rural and socio-economically disadvantaged communities also adopted faster. The results suggest that low levels of school resources pose barriers to early adoption, and hence effective embedding of SBM reforms is likely to require targeted support for poorly resourced schools. © 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Source Title: Policy Design and Practice
ISSN: 2574-1292
DOI: 10.1080/25741292.2021.1950349
Rights: Attribution 4.0 International
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