ERIC Number: ED320306
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Collegiality: Creating and implementing Shared Vision Utilizing a Team Approach.
Two different operational concepts of "vision" are compared and analyzed in terms of their applicability to educational organization. The military model is vertical, hierarchical, conducive to immediate and specific action, and unambiguous responsibility. However, its inflexibility discourages communication and creativity. The Native American, specifically, the Sioux Indian, type of organizational framework is circular, collegial, and based on assignment of responsibility according to individual expertise. However, its acceptance of multiple leadership and shared decision making does not facilitate quick action. Applied to the organizational structure of schools, a merger of the structural military model with the individually empowering circular system is advocated. The objective is not teacher-managed schools, but the assignment of responsibility to appropriate people and the recognition of multiple visions. The combined model provides structure for management of routine tasks, yet encourages shared information and leadership. (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (San Francisco, CA, February 23-26, 1990).