The SAGE Handbook of School Organization presents a substantial review of the history, current status and future prospects of the field of school organization. Bringing together chapters exploring key issues, important debates and points of tension, the Handbook highlights the dynamics and interplay of the political, social, historical and cultural contexts of the field. This volume is designed to provide a much-needed critically informed and coherent account of the field, against a backdrop of increasing complexity in which schooling as an institution and schools as organizations operate. Part I: Schools as organizations; Part II: The leadership, management and governance of schools as organizations; Part III: Theoretical perspectives on schools as organizations; Part IV: Organizing in schools; and Part V: Researching schools as organizations.

Organizations, Organizing, and Schools: Accessing Theoretical Tools and Models in Organization Theory
Organizations, Organizing, and Schools: Accessing Theoretical Tools and Models in Organization Theory
Bob L. Johnson

‘I never let my schooling interfere with my education.’ So said the American humorist, Mark Twain. Although the exact source of the quote is unknown, like any insightful pun it evokes multiple connotations. For one it suggests that there is something about the organization of education that gets in the way, negates or even undermines its ostensible purpose: teaching and learning. As a periodic school-hater, Twain extols the virtues of young Huck, who, as the mood hits, escapes school to pursue adventures in the woods or on the river.

Although its purposes are perennially ...

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