ERIC Number: ED332358
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Role Change in Britain's Chief Education Officer.
Wirt, Frederick M.
Changes in authority relationships in the British government recently have had major consequences for the power of local administrators; a national report found an increased politicization of administrators in local government. This paper explores whether similar changes had taken place in educational administration. The effects of changes in authority relationships on eight chief executive officers (CEOs) immediately prior to passage of the Education Reform Act of 1988 are examined. Methodology involved interviews with eight CEO's of major local education agencies (LEAs) in the London metropolitan area. Findings demonstrate support for the hypothesis that changes in authority relationships have contributed to an increased politicization of local educational administrators. Widespread changes included increases in the following: challenges to established patterns of work, party control, party differences over school policy, and diverse politics on noneducational issues. Innercity LEAs experienced increases in the presence of full-time councilors, importance of the party manifesto, politically sponsored appointments, and CEO involvement. Variable changes not related to locale included leadership style and dissatisfaction with traditional committees and working groups. All indicated an awareness of their new power-sharing role, expressing both pessimism and optimism for the future. Two tables are included. (20 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: United Kingdom
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).