Analyzing Problems in Schools and School Systems: A Theoretical Approach

Synopsis

Although there are many textbooks in the field of educational administration describing various organizational theories, this text is unique in tying organizational theory explicitly and systematically to a well-formulated problem- analysis methodology. It provides particular examples of bureaucratic, political, and leadership theories as well as descriptions of two broader theoretical frameworks: Burrell and Morgan's conceptual matrix and systems thinking.

Special features include:

• a fully developed methodology for describing and documenting problems in schools;

• a systematic method for using different theoretical perspectives to analyze the causes of problems in schools;

• carefully formulated questions illustrating how different theoretical frameworks lead policy analysts to look at problems differently and to focus on different types and sources of information concerning their possible causes;

• substantial sample papers illustrating the methodology; and

• a range of illustrative organizational theories, amply described and succinctly grounded intellectually.

This book is directed toward students in organizational theory and problem analysis classes and their professors, as well as to school administrators seeking to examine their problems and policies from perspectives that go beyond personal experience.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Alan Bernstein
  • Josephine Jane Pavese
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Mahwah, NJ
Publication year:
  • 1998