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Managing to Be Different

reviewed by John P. Price - July 25, 2006

coverTitle: Managing to Be Different
Author(s): Ron Scapp
Publisher: Taylor & Francis, London
ISBN: 0415948630, Pages: 132, Year: 2006
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The purpose of Ron Scapp’s Managing to be Different is to answer the question, “How might we come to see differently the ways that power relations in academia unfold, the way they are maintained, [and] the way they can be challenged…?”  (p. 9) Scapp’s work is an attempt to awaken educational administrators to what he sees as the appropriate role of education in society: to be a driving force for individual freedom.   The title takes on a double meaning.  Scapp perceives that many administrators frequently behave overwhelmingly conservatively, motivated by personal interest and self-preservation.    He hopes to provide a framework for educational managers to behave differently, while simultaneously describing tools that leaders need in order to manage and maintain this “differentness.”  The powerful forces enabling the status quo and working against change include a culture of apathy, the perception of dissent as a lack of patriotism, and the increasing corporate... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: July 25, 2006
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12614, Date Accessed: 9/19/2020 7:10:27 PM

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  • John Price
    Audubon Elementary School, Chicago, IL
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    JOHN PRICE is the Principal of the Audubon Elementary School in Chicago. His most recent publication is "Contested Territory, Parents and Teachers Wrestle for Power in an Urban Neighborhood School Located Within a Gentrifying Community", published in the Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 8(3), 2005.
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