Decentralisation Reforms of Education Management: Theoretical and Practical Issues

Jolanta Urbanovič, Aleksandras Patapas


The system of education management in Lithuania is being gradually decentralised and de-concentrated on the basis of the subsidiarity principle, as decentralisation is seen as one of the key strategies for reforming and reshaping educational institutions. The present paper tackles the questions about how the interaction of education subjects changes in the process of decentralisation, what changes occur in the process of school management with the increase of school autonomy and what are the conditions for the process of effective school autonomisation. The findings of the qualitative study provide a deeper understanding of current Lithuanian management problems related to decentralisation of education. Moreover, the presented findings and the analysis of field literature on decentralisation reveal the advantages and disadvantages of decentralisation of education management.


decentralisation of education management; education decentralisation reforms; school autonomy; interaction of education subjects; school autonomisation process

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