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State and Parental Roles in the Decentralised Education System in Nicaragua

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Abstract:

The article discusses some of the top-down reforms enacted by the state in Nicaragua. Here the focus is on decentralisation of governance and parental role in decentralised schools. In particular, the article examines the meaning of decentralisation in education in the Nicaraguan context and specific roles the state and parents play in the decentralised system of education—within economic and political transformation. The article examines critically how the proposed decentralisation arrangements are interpreted by parents and their role in the management of the school and in how the parents are involved the educational processes of their children. The article is a case study of politico-educational reform, with reference to decentralisation process and the transfer of decision-making process to the local level, or deconcentration.

Keywords: Nicaragua; education decentralization; implementation; parents; participation; public schools; the state

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7459/pc/15.1.03

Affiliations: University of Calgary

Publication date: January 1, 2008

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  • Political Crossroads is a bi-annual, international, refereed journal which, since 1990, publishes critical and empirical scholarship in political science and international relations. Its areas of focus include global security, terrorism, national identity, migration and citizenship, and the politics of resources and trade.
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