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ERIC Number: ED116336
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jan-15
Pages: 30
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The Increased Pluralism and Politicization of Public Education--Coping with Conflict.
Coleman, Peter
Power, or influence, in educational governance is increasingly becoming diffused. Everyone in education now feels relatively powerless. A political model of decision-making, emphasizing consultation with representatives of interest groups is now appropriate. In this model, the school board functions as "meta-mediator." This modifies the role of senior administrators. The pluralistic power structure, characterized by interest group politics, is now the most common kind. In such systems activist educators are likely to cause and encounter conflict. The skillful exercise of influence in coping with conflict in pluralistic environments is a vital skill for senior administrators. Conflict occurs when groups perceive a divergence of interests, as opposed to a commonality of interests. The chances of peaceful adjustment are maximized when a degree of shared interests exists and when some other conditions, including the existence of institutional arrangements for negotiation, are met. Conflict between the organization and clients is increasingly common and can be extremely difficult to deal with. Two common strategies, attitude change and power, can be used alternately. Conflict management is increasingly a common activity and an essential skill of senior administrators. Training or experience in it is thus an increasingly important qualification for leadership roles. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Canada