Making Small Practical

The Organisation and Management of Ministries of Education in Small States

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How should one organise a ministry of education which has only a small group of professional staff? Officers must become multifunctional; but what tasks should be grouped together, and how? What styles of management are needed for the highly personalised nature of small states, in which individuals have multiple outofwork relationships as well as formal inwork ones? What arrangements can be made for career paths in a small organisation? And how can small ministries best manage the demands of regional and international linkages?

These are among questions addressed in this book. It is the product of a panCommonwealth project in which officers from small ministries contributed practical insights. Experiences have been distilled and analysed, and are presented in a lively and readable format for both administrators and trainers.

The companion study, Ministries of Education in Small States: Case Studies of Organisation and Management, contains 14 case studies in a countrybycountry format.



Conclusions: Experiences and Models

This book commenced with the observation that many of the bureaucratic models used in small states were originally designed for much larger states. Although these models have functioned in small states for some time, they have not always operated well. In many situations basic models should be modified to fit the circumstances of small states.


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