Educational administration and its relations with planning and research

Malpica Faustor, Carlos N.
English, Spanish
Lecture - Discussion Series, 66
20 p.

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The author's discusion of the relationship of educational administration to educational planning and research begins by considering the development of administrative theory in general and reviewing the functional, institutional, and social approaches to analyzing educational administration. He briefly describes educational administration in the Andean countries of Latin America, noting its centralized bureaucratic control, the role of decision-making and citizen involvement, and the use of plans and programs in the region's educational administrative processes. Educational administration, the author says, can begin both at the macro-administration level of the national government, where Andean educators have attempted regionalization, and at the micro-administrative level of actual teaching operations, where experiments with community education have ocurred. In the Andean countries now, the author continues, educational planning and administration have become more integrated but administrators must exercise care in choosing the factors on which to base educational planning. He lists five problems facing Andean educational administration, including the impacts of politics and mass media, and calls for research based on these problems. In closing, he points out opportunities for international cooperation in developing educational administration and suggests 13 points for the conference to examine (from ERIC database)