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ERIC Number: ED090685
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 39
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The Bureaucratic Tradition in Latin American Education: The Legacy of Spanish Colonialism.
Hanson, Mark
As Latin American nations marshall their rapidly growing human and material resources, they frequently encounter organizational infrastructures which are incapable of supporting the rapid process of modernization. Yet, these inadequate infrastructures persist over time, leaving behind unrecoverable losses. Attempts to understand the problems of modernization must not only consider questions of social and economic development, but also questions reflecting on the development of organizational and administrative processes. This study, conducted in part by a field research methodology, examines the bureaucratic character of the modern Ministry of Education in Venezuela. The organizational elements of centralized decisionmaking, hierarchy, standardization of procedure, rule elaboration, and communication processes are examined in terms of their functional and dysfunctional consequences for the process of modernization. These same organizational elements are also placed in their cultural, political, and historical context which provides understanding about why they exist as well as why such difficulty is associated with attempts to change the administrative procedures. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Venezuela