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ERIC Number: ED413643
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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The Culture of Administration and the Administration of Culture: Educational Administration in the New World Order.
Bates, Richard
A "regional order," let alone a "world order," will be very difficult to achieve. In fact, global disorder has persisted throughout the last century. This paper describes concerns about the existing world order and delineates some of the apparent alternatives. Problems involved in revitalizing civil society in order to counteract the market-dominated structures of global capitalism are outlined. Educational organizations and educational administration achieve their ends through the trafficking of culture and knowledge through three main message systems--curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment. Nation-states are obligated to: (1) exercise a proper care for their citizens; (2) guarantee the integrity of civil society; and (3) guarantee the integrity and operation of markets. The paper suggests that a more modest aim is needed--the negotiation of difference--rather than the construction of a new world order or even a new regional order. In this sense, educational administration is a social, political, and above all, a cultural act through which some of the operations and defenses of the nation-state are achieved. The role of the administrator is to provide circumstances under which the negotiation of difference can occur and to support the professional development of teachers upon which such negotiation depends. (Contains six references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Asia; Australia