Accounting for purpose in the age of accountability : grounded theory and discretion in educational institutions

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520 |aThrough the use of grounded theory methodology and the operationalization of a representative bureaucracy framework, this study investigates the perception of discretion within public administration in educational institutions. Public administrative actors use discretion to provide equitable learning opportunities, and without said discretion, underrepresented groups would have no extra support despite numerous disadvantages. In an attempt to give cause or further explanation as to the nature of this discretion, evidence from 20 interviews and 30 hours of observation of fifth grade classrooms in urbanized schools (n = 8) suggests a grounded theory of purposeful accountability to link an increased perception of discretion for teachers and principals. School officials can stay afloat in the age of accountability as long as their sense of belonging and ability to mobilize their organizations are maintained through proper access to centralized knowledge and expectations, the ability to fulfill needs unique to the organization, and the recognition of efforts and status through trust from centralized authority. With this theoretical foundation, public administrative actors can find greater progress and efficiency in assuring active representation through discretion.
500 |aThe author has given permission for this work to be deposited in the Digital Archive of Colorado College.
500 |aColorado College Honor Code upheld.
500 |aSenior Thesis -- Colorado College
500 |abachelor
500 |aB.A.
500 |aIncludes bibliographical references.
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540 |aCopyright restrictions apply.
300 |a40 pages : illustrations
100 1 |aKirksey, Jon Jacob|ecreator
700 1 |aSmith, Mark|ethesis advisor
710 2 |aEconomics and Business|esponsor
710 2 |aColorado College|edegree grantor
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650 1 |aEquity
650 1 |aAccountability
245 10|aAccounting for purpose in the age of accountability : grounded theory and discretion in educational institutions
046 |k2014-05
260 |a|bColorado College|c2014-05|g2014-05
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700 1 |a|ecommittee member
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650 1 |aEducation
650 1 |aSchool management and organization
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650 1 |aGrounded theory
650 1 |aRepresentative bureaucracy
650 1 |aAdministrative discretion
856 |uhttp://hdl.handle.net/10176/coccc:9763