ERIC Number: ED352716
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
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The Self-Managing School: A Matter of Being and of Becoming.
Beavis, Allan K.
This paper explores possibilities within a paradigm that is an alternative to the reductionist, mechanistic paradigm of school-based management. The use of a "sporting team" concept (from a dynamic, holistic paradigm) rather than a "ship's crew" model (from a reductionist approach) is advocated. Using research on the governance of independent Australian schools, a prima facie case is developed to show that schools do not become self-managing, autonomous entities merely by the appointment of school councils. When viewed from a dynamic systems paradigm, schools are seen to be by nature self-managing and autonomous. The appointment of a school council enables a school to become self-managing at a qualitatively different, second-order level of functioning. The self-referential processes of a school, such as the stabilizing structures of expectations, are explored to help administrators and decision makers participate in those processes with understanding. (Contains 24 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia