Managing Primary & Secondary Schools

A Primer
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155 pages
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 English
The book is aimed at students in management, education and other subjects planning a career in primary and secondary schools, at school personnel and members of the broader interested public.
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Georgios P. Piperopoulos studied sociology and psychology at American, German and Austrian Universities receiving his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees; taught at several American, European and Greek Universities at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels before retiring from his professorial...

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The book is aimed at students in management, education and other subjects planning a career in primary and secondary schools, at school personnel and members of the broader interested public. Co-authors of the book are an academic-practitioner in management who taught university courses and consulted corporations and organizations at both sides of the Atlantic and a psychologist working at secondary level schools for special education needs teenagers for the last 7 years, after running her private practice and lecturing school teachers at the post-graduate level. Father and daughter have composed this ‘primer’ hoping it will help to highlight the art and science of managing modern primary and secondary schools.


  1. What is Management? 
    1. A quick glimpse at the protagonists of the classical and neoclassical approaches 
    2. Henri Fayol’s Administrative Management Approach (Fayolism) 
    3. F. W. Taylor’s Scientific Management Approach (Taylorism) 
    4. Max Weber’s Bureaucratic Management Approach 
  2. The shift of focus to Human Relations in management theories 
    1. George Elton Mayo’s work and the dawn of the Human Relations Approach 
    2. Abraham Maslow’s pyramid of the hierarchy of human needs 
    3. Herzberg’s and Likert’s contributions to the Human Relations Approach 
    4. McGregor’s XY and Ouchi’s Z theories of management 
  3. The Greek imprint on education 
    1. Education in Athens and Sparta 
    2. Education in Rome 
    3. Education in other Mediterranean cultures, Babylon and Persia 
  4. Education in ancient Far East: China and the Indian subcontinent 40
    1. Education in China 
    2. Education in India 
  5. Western education from the dawn of Christianity to the 20th century 
    1. Gradations in the Athenian and Roman education system 
    2. Education in medieval times and Renaissance 
    3. The Industrial Revolution and schooling for the non-privileged classes 
  6. The United Nations 1959 Unanimous Resolution on the Rights of Children 
  7. Nursery, kindergarten, primary and secondary schools 
  8. Brief presentations of Schooling systems around the Globe 
  9. Schooling systems in selected European countries and Russia 
  10. Schooling systems in North and South America 
  11. Schooling systems in selected African countries 
  12. Schooling systems in selected Asian countries, Australia and New Zealand 
  13. Schooling for pupils with SEN and Disabilities – A brief preamble 
  14. Schooling for SEN and Disabilities pupils in selected E.U. States and Russia 
  15. Schooling for SEN and Disabilities pupils in North and South America 
  16. Schooling for SEN and Disabilities pupils in selected African countries 
  17. Schooling for SEND pupils in selected Asian countries, Australia & New Zealand
  18. From Athens of the 5th century B.C. to the USA of the 20th century A.D. 
  19. A brief glimpse of research efforts at the Universities of Iowa, Ohio and Michigan 
  20. Tannenbaum and Schmidt’s 7 stage ‘leadership pattern’ continuum 
  21. The appearance of ‘contingency’ and ‘situational leadership’ theories 
  22. ‘Transactional’ and ‘transformational’ leadership theories 
  23. The theory of ‘emotional intelligence’ comes on stage 
  24. When titles signify roles: manager and leader as the two sides of the same coin 
  25. Selected duties and responsibilities of primary and secondary school administrators 
  26. Characteristics of successful school administrators as ‘managers and leaders’ 
    1. The case of London’s ‘Tower Hamlets’ experience 
    2. Jeremy Sutcliffe’s ‘Desert Island Challenge’ 
    3. The Wallace Foundation Report on the School Principal as Leader 
    4. Mitchells’ research on the characteristics of successful special school administrators 

Either during one of your next weekends or the next school break I politely urge you to download and read this book! It is provocative in its thesis but convincing in its well supported arguments!
February 10, 2019 at 12:34 PM
Remarkably modern, well documented book by two co-authors who have amassed impressive expertise. It provides answers to education personnel who are searching fort excellence and it questions the not-so- objective decisions of Boards appointing Principals, Headteachets and Directors.
February 6, 2019 at 12:34 PM
Education was, is and will continue to be one of society's major and fundamental institutions and the primary/secondary levels set the stage for going out to the work world or continuingbto the tertiary level. This book is well supported in its argument as to what and who make the difference between run/if/the/mill or excellent schools! Worthwhile reading!
February 1, 2019 at 1:32 PM
Contemporary, interesting and challenging book written by two professionals who obviously stand out as authors not just because of their established expertise but also fort their father/daughter relation.
February 1, 2019 at 1:17 PM
A notable book for students and practitioners in the fields of education and management. Its global perspective adds an additional positive dimension to the provocative and true narrative of this book.
January 30, 2019 at 1:18 PM