Unit 1a

Schools as Social Organisms: organisational theory and practise in collaborative school environments.

In this unit, the student further investigates organisational management theories, focussing intentionally on educational institutions. There is a focus on delegative models of management and how complex, systemic, problems might be tackled successfully.

One half of this unit is the conducting of interviews with educational staff from many different institutions. A chosen few institutions will also be visited to get a practical sense of what was spoken about in the interviews.

The other half is focussed on furthering the student’s knowledge of the literature about the topic.

A minor part of this unit is to take part in any interesting trainings to do with creating or working with organisational theories.

Linda Bartoli (you can see her work here and here)
Lisa Mahar (Administrator at Monadnock Waldorf School in Keene, USA)

– The Barefoot Guide to Working with Organisations and Social Change
– Social and Anti-Social Forces in the Human Being, Rudolf Steiner
– Schools that Learn by Peter M. Senge
– The Art of Administration: viewpoints on professional management in waldorf schools, edited by: David Mitchell
¤ Silence is Complicity: a call to let teachers improve our schools through action research, not NCLB by Torin M. Finser
¤ Republican Academies by Francis Gladstone
– A School as a Living Entity by Rea Taylor Gill

Training possibilities:
– Art of Hosting
¤ Worldwide Waldorf Teacher’s conference , April 2012, Dornach CH

Articles and websites:
About social technology used during occupy

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