ERIC Number: ED344316
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
Making Small Practical: The Organisation and Mangement of Ministries of Education in Small States.
Most models for public administration have been developed in the context of medium-sized or large states and are not necessarily appropriate for small states (states with less than 1.5 million people). This book focuses on small states and identifies common features in small-state economies, societies, and politics. Several differences exist in the framework of public administration for small states. The most common differences are in areas of personal relationships, government pervasiveness, and links between politicians and bureaucrats. The priorities and formal organization of Ministries of Education may vary, and an evaluation of these variations helps individuals to understand how to effectively organize priorities for specific states. Management aspects, including decision-making styles, dissemination of information, ways to allow for staff absences, the building of teams, and management of interministry link are all important in effective management of small states. Among the first problems encountered in small states is job definition in situations where staff are expected to hold multifunctional roles. Appraisal systems, training plans, and training strategies are outlined in order to combat restricted career paths. Most small states are members of at least some regional bodies as well as of broader international organizations. The implications of work with these organizations are shown from the viewpoint of the small Ministry of Education. (61 references) (LAP)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Long Range Planning, Organization, Politics of Education, Public Administration, State Departments of Education
Commonwealth Secretariat Publications, Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX, United Kingdom (5.00 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commonwealth Secretariat, London (England).