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ERIC Number: ED354577
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Pages: 27
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The Emerging Culture of Educational Administration and What We Can Do about It.
Bates, Richard
A historical perspective on Australian culture that draws on the meaning of culture and its relationship to the culture of administration begins this paper. Explored is the tension of middle level administrators who are continually caught up in the traffic between policy directives and community needs. The writer posits that the culture of a divided society must be worked at simultaneously at the political, the administrative, and the personal levels. A challenge to Australia's cultural history has been mounted and is nothing less than an attempt to turn Australia from its commitment to the state as a fundamental organizing principle and toward its replacement by the market. Kemmis's (1992) theory of cultural maps illustrates the types of influences on individuals that result in a pervading market culture. The administrative achievement of this and the resulting exclusion of social consideration of value or validity is highlighted. Using contemporary policy from Australia, Britain, Canada, and the United States as examples, school reform issues of school choice, market mechanisms, transfer of resources, equity, self-managed schools, and curriculum change are addressed. The establishment of the global economy and its relationship to educational administrators as well as the construction of a culture of educational administration concludes this paper. (Contains 30 references.) (RR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia