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ERIC Number: ED125116
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
School Bureaucracy and Political Conflict.
Goodwin, David
The findings in this paper raise questions about the validity of educational assumptions underlying efforts to reform "bureaucratic dysfunctions" in the schools. Although specific reforms are not examined, there is a tenuous connection between bureaucratic organization of schools and the kinds of teacher attitudes toward clients so often cited as the justification for changes. Contrary to conventional expectations, the ability of teachers to interact with parents and students without conflict, and to accept pedagogical and organizational reforms, appears enhanced by the reliance on clear and concise rules for teacher behavior in areas such as student discipline and relations with parents. Organizational strategies that enable teachers to make difficult decisions, sort out ambiguous situations, and reaffirm frequently challenged authority are often well received. Extensive school rules for teacher behavior in such circumstances are apparently compatible with teacher expectations and, therefore, a reasonably successful administrative strategy. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 19-23, 1976)