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ERIC Number: ED474981
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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Managing for Equal Opportunities.
Coleman, Marianne
This document is a chapter in "The Principles and Practice of Educational Management," which aims to provide a systematic and analytical introduction to the study of educational management. The structure of the book reflects the main substantive areas of educational leadership and management, and most of the major themes are covered in the volume's 19 chapters, of which this is one. This chapter examines some of the factors that promote inequality, discusses what equality of opportunity means, and explores ways to manage equal opportunities. The most obvious characteristics linked with discrimination are gender, nationality, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, special needs, and religion. But before discrimination is ascribed to a situation, it is necessary to understand what comprises equality of opportunity and how this differs from equality. Equal opportunities remove unfair barriers; they promote equal opportunities by increasing ability, motivation, and the development of respect for all. Although managers in education operate in situations where problems of equality of opportunity are beyond their influence, all managers must take into account the statutory provisions that relate to equal opportunities. Once these regulations are internalized, school leaders may work toward the establishment of a culture of equal opportunities with their school or college. Managers must plan for equal opportunities by crafting a policy that is sensitive to the culture of their institution; otherwise, the policy will create tension or will be ignored. Human-resource policies that relate to appointments, mentoring, appraisal, and performance management are particularly relevant to the management of equal opportunities; special care should be given to recruitment, promotion, role models, and appraisals. A stance on equal opportunities is linked with the strategic management of a school or college. (Contains 44 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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