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Analyzing Problems in Schools and School Systems : A Theoretical Approach - Alan K. Gaynor

Analyzing Problems in Schools and School Systems

A Theoretical Approach

Hardcover Published: 12th June 1998
ISBN: 9780805826432
Number Of Pages: 312

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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.

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. x
Methodologyp. 1
Conceptual Framework and Overviewp. 3
Describing and Documenting Problems, Stakeholders and Decision Makep. 12
Analyzing the Causes of a Problemp. 24
Developing a Solution Strategy and Recommendations to Stakeholdersp. 30
Theory Sketchesp. 37
Bureaucratic Theoryp. 39
Social Systems Theoryp. 53
Political Systems Theoryp. 69
Leadership Theoryp. 87
Burrell and Morgan's Meta-Frameworkp. 95
Systems Thinking Modeling Problem Systemsp. 108
Conclusion: Problem Analysis as a Hermeneutic Processp. 131
Conclusion: Problem Analysis as a Hermeneutic Processp. 134
Case Examplesp. 135
School to Work: An Analysis of Vocational Education as Provided by Greater Stanton Technical Schoolp. 137
The Implementation of the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993 at the New England School for Special Studentsp. 171
Analysis of an Organizational Decision: The Placement Process for the Honors Track at Brandywine Regional High Schoolp. 223
Analysis of an Organizational Decision: The Placement Process of the Latin American Scholarship Program of American Universitiesp. 236
Referencesp. 266
Suggested Readingsp. 274
Author Indexp. 291
Subject Indexp. 295
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ISBN: 9780805826432
ISBN-10: 0805826432
Series: Topics in Educational Leadership (Hardcover)
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 12th June 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.67 x 15.09  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.65
Edition Number: 1