The Multifunctional Administrator

Educational Development in the Small States of the Commonwealth

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In 1987 the Commonwealth Secretariat published The Challenge of Scale (editors Kazim Bacchus and Colin Brock). This was an introductory volume to a series of publications to focus on the impact of scale on national educational systems in the small states of the Commonwealth. This handbook concentrates on the demands which are placed on senior administrators who have to undertake a variety of tasks by virtue of a limited range of specialist skills and departments in small state systems. It recognises the very special demands placed on senior managers who live and work in societies distinguished by closely knit, highly personalized networks. It also highlights the vital importance of overseas linkages and their implication for the work of the educational administrator.



Recruiting and Managing Staff

Senior education administrators in small states have to be in constant touch with people; their colleagues on the job, parents, students, all members of their small community. Although they are often required to make and take decisions on their own, their multiple occupational roles bring them in frequent contact with superiors and with subordinates. Very often they have a determining say about who and under what conditions their colleagues and subordinates work in the service.


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