ERIC Number: ED194995
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Administration and Policy-Making in Education: The Contemporary Predicament.
Housego, Ian E.
This paper is based on the assumption that the educational administrator is the mediator in policy development. The author sees the administrator as caught between two conflicting approaches to policy-making--one characterized as "rational" and the other as "political." In attempting to deal with this dilemma and with the dilemma of shrinking resources, administrators find themselves in a "reactive adversarial stance," that is, they are forced to react instead of act, they must mediate among groups in bitter conflict, and in consequence, administrators typically seek to escape from problems rather than to solve them. It is suggested that to become more effective policy-makers in education, educational administrators need to take a comprehensive view of policy-making that combines both the rational and political approaches. It is also urged that the efficacy of this new approach be measured by what Coleman calls "policy research" (designed to guide social action) and "discipline research" (designed to add knowledge to a scientific discipline). This attempt at an integrated approach to policy-making must focus on the administrator as a mediator who mediates among evidence that is both rationally-based and politically-based. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Conflict Resolution, Decision Making, Educational Administration, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Policy Formation, Politics, Problem Solving, Research Needs
Not available separately; see EA 013 022.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Univ., Vancouver. Center for Continuing Education.
Note: Published in "Canadian and Comparative Educational Administration" (EA 013 022). Based on a paper presented at the International Intervisitation Program in Educational Administration (4th, Montreal and Vancouver, Canada, May 1980). For related documents, see EA 013 022-049.