New South Wales


Lunchtime Seminar: Do school principals respond to increased public scrutiny?


From: Wednesday September 26, 2018, 12:15 pm

To: Wednesday September 26, 2018, 1:30 pm

Abstract: We explore responses of Australian school principals to the introduction of test score reporting via the My School website in 2010.  Our analysis is motivated by the implicit assumption that heightened public scrutiny should motivate principals to align schools’ policies and practices with what is believed to generate better test results.  We use responses from both public and private schools to a custom-built questionnaire administered to principals before (2009) and after (2012) the My School website launch.  We find scarce evidence of meaningful adjustments over time, but we do find evidence of significantly different policies and practices across school groups.

Speaker: Gigi Foster; co-authored with Michael Coelli and Andrew Leigh

About the Speaker: Dr Gigi Foster is an Associate Professor with the School of Economics at the University of New South Wales Business School.  She works in many literatures, including education, social influence, corruption, lab experiments, time use, behavioural economics, and Australian policy, and has published over 40 academic works in a wide variety of economics and multidisciplinary outlets. One of Australia’s leading economics communicators, Gigi holds a 2017 national Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and co-hosts The Economists, a national economics radio program and podcast, with Peter Martin on ABC RN. She has served the profession more broadly in a variety of roles including as an Engagement and Impact assessor for the Australian Research Council, as a member of the National Economics Learning Standards working party, as one of the most prolific female economist contributors to The Conversation in Australia, as a member of the World Wellbeing Panel and as the most junior female inaugural member of Australia’s National Economic Panel.




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