A study of the relative significance of positional authority and expertise in an experimental school

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
James Marvin Howard (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/
Roland H. Nelson

Abstract: Schools are nearly always organized bureaucratically for both governance and curriculum and instruction matters. Decisions are usually passed down the hierarchy in a prescribed and efficient manner. The researcher argues that the bureaucratic organizational model is both inevitable and appropriate for the governance of schools. Functions such as making rules to insure the health and safety of people in schools, adopting accounting procedures for the receipt and dispersal of funds, and directives concerning the maintenance of buildings are examples of governance decisions. However, the bureaucratic organizational model is less than appropriate and certainly not inevitable for curriculum and instruction. Instead, it is argued that the professional model should be adopted in the area of curriculum and instruction. For example, teachers should determine course titles and content, the scope and sequence of content, and which instructional materials are best suited for their purposes. It should be quickly added that teachers as professionals may well profit from enlisting the aid of others such.as parents and students in making decisions regarding curriculum and instruction.

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Language: English
Date: 1974
Elementary school administration
School management and organization

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