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ERIC Number: ED041365
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Feb-6
Pages: 32
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Political Systems Analysis and Research in Educational Administration: Can the Emperor Be Clothed?
Sroufe, Gerald E.
Two elements are necessary in any systems theory. The first is a correct definition of the structure of the system in question; the second is an explication of the processes of the system functions over time. A comparative methodology is required for understanding changes in a system over time and for defining differences between two or more systems. The most promising type of systems theory applicable to educational policy making is political systems analysis. This type of systems approach concerns the relationship of a system--education in this case--to the larger society, and the allocation of resources within the particular system. Systems theory, as applied to education, has failed to produce useful results, largely because current systems approaches to policy making in education have failed either to conceptualize correctly the nature of the system or to employ comparative methodologies as an aid to understanding their processes, or both. Systems analysis may become useful in a theory of educational polity, but much more rigorous conceptualizations of systems and their boundaries, together with the adoption of a comparative methodology, must be undertaken. (RA)
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Note: Paper prepared for presentation at The American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (Los Angeles, February 5-8, 1969)