Date of Award

1992

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

First Advisor

Gary Crow

Abstract

This dissertation traces the evolution of American school governance and educational administration from the mid-seventeenth century through 1991. It examines the arguments which surround the centralization or decentralization debate and traces the rationale for the adoption of either a centralist or decentralist manner of school governance. In tracing the evolution of the rationale used by educational administrators for the adoption of either a centralist or decentralist form of governance, this dissertation establishes an order to the debate, traces shifts in philosophy, determines the dominance of either centralist or decentralist philosophy during each historical period studied, and identifies reasons why that particular philosophy dominated the era.

Pages

319

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