ERIC Number: ED170945
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: 0
An Organizational Perspective on Planning and Problem Solving in Schools.
Deal, Terrence E.; Rosaler, Jean A.
A brief introduction to organizational theory and organizational development for educational administrators is provided in this document. The first section contrasts individualistic and organizational approaches to educational problems. It is intended to give administrators two distinct perspectives for viewing day-to-day events. The second section develops the organizational perspective in more detail by identifying the critical elements of an organization and describing their intricate and dynamic relationships. This section is intended to give administrators new insights for surviving in and changing complex organizations. The third section distills from the organizational perspective some principles for administering schools, relates the perspective to organizational development (OD), and applies the perspective to planning and problem-solving. The final section relates the organizational perspective to the administrator's role. The purpose of the last two sections is to enable administrators to see both potential and limitations in specific OD techniques, gain some new ideas about putting an organizational perspective to work in planning and problem-solving, and choose the administrative roles they wish to play in their school or district. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Administrator Role, Educational Administration, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Essays, Group Norms, Objectives, Organization, Organizational Climate, Organizational Development, Organizational Theories, Problem Solving
Association of California School Administrators, 1575 Old Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, California 94010 ($4.50)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of California School Administrators.
Note: A Project Leadership Monograph