ERIC Number: ED213133
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Walk on the Wild Side: Field Trips for the Educational Administrator.
The Australian Administrator, v1 n2 Apr 1980
Australia's public elementary and secondary education system lacks a variety of types of schools, so some educational administration students are sent on field trips to study other school and nonschool organizations. One university, for example, sends its students to a hospital, private schools and colleges, and retail stores. Before the field trips, however, a theoretical understanding is needed of the differences and similarities between schools and other organizations. One of the most important of these characteristics concerns an organization's degree of control over the admission of clients and a client's degree of control over whether to participate in the organization. Under this criterion one can distinguish "wild" organizations, where both clients and organizations can choose, from "domesticated" organizations, in which neither clients nor organizations have a choice. The field trips are also preceded by study of systems theory, organizational openness, power and authority relationships, and Max Weber's concepts about bureaucracies. The trips help educational administration students expand their personal resources, acquire alternative points of view, and notice differences between school and nonschool management. (RW)
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Administrators, Bureaucracy, Comparative Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Field Trips, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Organizational Theories, Organizations (Groups), Participation, School Administration
Editor, The Australian Administrator, School of Education, Deakin University, Victoria 3217, AUSTRALIA ($.85).
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Deakin Univ., Victoria, (Australia). School of Education.
Note: Funded by Deakin University Foundation.