ERIC Number: ED376548
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Toward an Improved Understanding of the Organizational Nature of Schools: Part 2.
Allison, Derek J.
This paper argues for the sustained study of the organizational nature of schools, which should be conducted through a search for good theories. It outlines what such theories would look like and what might reasonably be expected of them. The essay argues that there now is broader recognition of the organizational characteristics and conundrums that distinguish schools and their administration from other contemporary organizations. Schools should be referred to as schools, rather than as members of an ambiguous subset of educational organizations. A review of competing and complementary theories concludes that both scientific explanation and interpretative understanding can and must ultimately inform each other in the search for an interpretative explanation of the organizational nature of schools. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).