ERIC Number: ED420112
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
The Assessment of Management Policies and Practices in School Districts.
Dembowski, Frederick L.
Both leadership and management play important roles in school administration, but there are problems with the way educational organizations are being both led and managed. A discussion of those problems, along with some possible solutions, are presented in this paper. It opens with an examination of the principal's role and how such persons must combine instructional leadership with managerial skills. To help in combining these demands, a model for the practice of managing an educational organization is presented. The model is based upon the three operational dimensions of management, and it outlines the administrator's role regarding all the tasks and functions of management. It is argued that many educational administrators are confused over their role in the organization and are unclear as to what management-related tasks and functions they should be conducting. The confusion results, it is claimed, in an overemphasis on the tasks and functions required of their positions, such as leadership, and an underemphasis on other requisite duties. The model can be used as a checklist for the tasks and functions of management that every administrator should be addressing. The role of reform and restructuring are also discussed. Appended are instructions and a self-assessment instrument for conducting a school-district management audit. (RJM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on Education (San Diego, CA, February 1998).