ERIC Number: ED184204
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Educational Administration and Educational Development. Studies in Comparative and International Education No. 1.
This paper analyzes interrelationships between educational administration and educational development (defined as guided educational change) in Sweden. First, characteristics of the Swedish educational system and its management are described. The paper notes a growing trend to connect educational activities to community activities. Thus, school administration is increasingly becoming the administration of school-community relations. This development was inspired by socioeconomic progressivism and pedagogic progressivism. This progressivism requires a new kind of administration in which a changing, rather than a static, school is being administered. Both local and central administrators are often forced to interpret the aims of educational policy, choose a position when aims conflict, and set priorities between different aims. Thus, educational administration in itself becomes a force for educational development. Management of education has also changed through new laws on employment protection and joint regulation of working conditions. The employment protection law is sometimes difficult to apply to research and development if high quality and competence are to be maintained. The problem is balancing the public interest (determined politically) and the interests of special groups (determined through negotiations). If these interests cannot be balanced, both educational administration and educational research and development may be affected. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Stockholm Univ. (Sweden). Inst. of International Education.
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