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.

Chapter 40: Reflections on the State of School Organization Studies: Continuities and Challenges

Reflections on the State of School Organization Studies: Continuities and Challenges
Reflections on the State of School Organization Studies: Continuities and Challenges
Michael Connolly David H. Eddy-Spicer Chris James Sharon D. Kruse
Introduction

In this final chapter of the Handbook, we reflect on the chapters and consider various matters arising across the volume as a whole. Those matters that arise from our deliberations are as varied and wide-ranging as the chapters. We start with a reflection on the context and aims of the volume, and the extent to which we believe these aims have been achieved, before turning our attention to significant issues that have emerged.

The Context and Aims of the Handbook

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