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‘You’ll see that everywhere’: institutional isomorphism in secondary school subject departments

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This paper asks why spatially separated school departments might exhibit, in different ways, very similar practices. Data from an ethnographic study of three secondary school geography departments in England are discussed through a concept of ‘isomorphism’ (homogenising forces), drawn from neo-institutional theory. Similarities across these departments are analysed in terms of coercive isomorphism, including the strong regulatory role played by examination boards and Ofsted; mimetic isomorphi...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Education
Oxford college:
St Anne's College
Role:
Depositor, Author
ORCID:
0000-0003-4939-8323
Publisher:
Routledge Publisher's website
Journal:
School Leadership and Management Journal website
Volume:
37
Issue:
1-2
Pages:
61-79
Publication date:
2017-02-22
Acceptance date:
2016-06-30
DOI:
EISSN:
1364-2626
ISSN:
1363-2434
Pubs id:
1061419
Local pid:
pubs:1061419

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