ERIC Number: ED235581
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Public Schools and Weberian Bureaucracy: A Summary.
Allison, Derek J.
The author's dissertation, summarized in this presentation, was primarily concerned with the question, "Are public schools like Max Weber's conceptualization of bureaucracy?" From a survey of the literature discussing the nature of organizations, a taxonomy of organizational facets was used, first, to identify and classify the features contained in the models of bureaucracy and of public schools and second, to compare the manner in which each of these organizational facets is manifest in the two models. A table summarizes the results of the detailed discussions of congruency between the models. Comparative analysis suggests that two contrasting cultures can be identified: the craft-like technology employed by teachers and the more bureaucratic process technology of systemwide management. The study concludes that there does not appear to be a high degree of congruency between Weber's model of bureaucracy and the model of public schools utilized in the study. Implications of the study for school management and for future research are discussed. (MLF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Weber (Max)
Note: Invited paper for members of the Canadian Society for the Study of Educational Administration.