ERIC Number: ED340084
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Education and Its Management: Science, Art, and Spirit.
Thom, Douglas J.; Klassen, Daniel
From the 1960s to the present, the complexion of educational administration has changed greatly. One reason is growing public demand for input into educational decision-making; other factors are found in accountability, evaluation, opportunities for women, human rights, teacher militancy and collective bargaining agreements, changing enrollment trends, pluralism and multicultural concerns, professional development efforts, special education, independent schools, and restricted budgets. This book, comprised largely of reprinted articles from Canadian publications, attempts to consolidate information and critique the existing concepts, procedures, and values inherent in educational administration. This approach is supported by the disproportionate amounts of stress, burnout, and role ambiguity in educators; the discrepancy between educational objectives and real life; and the public's lack of confidence in education. The eight articles in part I address the current Canadian scene, and part II reviews five relevant books concerning educational and private-sector management issues. Part III articles capture the essence of administration, touching on bureaucracy, administering without ulcers, democracy in home and school, theory-practice concerns, graduate student selection, and publishing issues. Part IV discusses the future of educational administration, focusing on educational priorities, theory development, and the spiritual and practical concerns facing tomorrow's administrators. Included are an index, numerous chapter references, and a bibliography of 422 references. (MLH)
Descriptors: Accountability, Administrative Principles, Administrator Effectiveness, Administrator Role, Book Reviews, Decentralization, Educational Administration, Efficiency, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Public Support, Theory Practice Relationship
Ginn Press/Simon & Schuster, Higher Education Group, 160 Gould Street, Needham Heights, MA 02194-2310 ($25.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
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