The School Managers: Power and Conflict in American Public Education

The School Managers: Power and Conflict in American Public Education

The School Managers: Power and Conflict in American Public Education

The School Managers: Power and Conflict in American Public Education

Synopsis

"Probing and thought-wrenching and surprisingly well-written.... The big bonus this book offers laymen and professional educators is the assistance it most assuredly will give them in recognizing the educational climate of their communities." The American School Board Journal

Excerpt

This book contributes significantly both to the literature of educational administration and to our knowledge of local government. School managers--board members and superintendents--are viewed in this study in terms of the community context in which they work. Building upon studies of community decision making, the authors posit four community types: dominated, factional, pluralistic, and inert; each one of which tends to be reflected in its school board and in the role the superintendent can play with the board and the community. These conceptions are then examined empirically in fifty-one school districts where each of the four types is represented, and their differentiating characteristics are documented.

Clearly, much that has been said about the training for and the practice of educational administration is called into question by this formulation. Only in pluralistic communities . . .

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