Place and purpose in public education: School district mission statements and educational (dis)embeddedness

Kai A. Schafft, Catharine Biddle

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Abstract

Local control of schooling has been considered a defining feature of theAmerican school system; however, in the past several decades public schooling has also increasingly been subject to the influence of extralocal institutional mandates that encourage curricular and organizational standardization. We conducted a content analysis of 480 school district mission statements from Pennsylvania to understand the relationships between school and place and the locally articulated purposes of schooling. Strikingly uniform use of language and themes across multiple district contexts suggests that (a) district mission statements may not be representative of locally articulated visions of schooling and (b) the influences of local context may be superseded by broader institutional discourses regarding the purposes of education and schooling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-76
Number of pages22
JournalAmerican Journal of Education
Volume120
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013

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  • Education

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