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Administration and Policy-Making in Education


reviewed by Daniel U. Levine 1971

coverTitle: Administration and Policy-Making in Education
Author(s): John Walton
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore
ISBN: , Pages: 228, Year: 1969
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Administration and Policy-Making in Education presents Professor Walton's most recent analysis of the function of administration and the role of the administrator. Although he has included many illustrations and citations to update the first edition published in 1959, the theory of administration developed in the influential earlier work is basically intact in the new edition. The major components of the theory as itemized at the beginning of the final chapter are as follows: Administration is necessary in all formal organizations, particularly large and complex ones. Administration is fundamentally the same in differing types of organizations. When the administrator is acting in his role as administrator, he implements policy. His primary responsibility here is for the "discernment and elucidation" of objectives, but "administrators can-; not be expected to be innovators in changing organizational objectives." The function of administration is "antithetical to the substantial activity of some organizations." Along the "continuum of incompatibility ... educational organizations fall near a mid-point." If Walton is right, our schools are in Jeep trouble. And in the sense... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 72 Number 4, 1971, p. 620-623
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1722, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 10:03:14 AM

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