Charter Schools and New Institutionalism Essay
Institutional theory explains how government control of schools has resulted in the creation of “schooling rules” which leads to greater isomorphism within the institution of education (Meyer & Rowan, The Structure of Educational Organizations, 1978). …show more content…
Meyer and Rowan would also say that charter schools became a legitimate form of schooling through conformity: “Our argument hinges on the assertion that education is highly institutionalized in modern society. Its categories of students and graduates, as well as its ritual classification of production procedures — types of teachers, topics, and schools — are all derived from highly institutionalized rules and beliefs. Educational organizations derive power and resources when such rules are institutionalized in society, and they are thus inclined to incorporate and remain in close conformity with such categorical rules” (Meyer & Rowan, The Structure of Educational Organizations, 1978).
Other new institutionalism theorists, DiMaggio and Powell, would also say that charter schools have gained legitimacy through conformity rather than