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The Politics of Life in Schools

The Politics of Life in Schools
Power, Conflict, and Cooperation

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288 pages | Corwin
This in-depth study of grassroots politics - `micropolitics' - in schools, which includes examples from the UK and the USA, explores how teachers, administrators and their students use political power to protect their interests and to bring about change in the status quo.
Joseph Blase
The Micropolitical Perspective
Stephen J Ball and Richard Bowe
The Micropolitics of Radical Change
Budgets, Management and Control in British Schools

Andrew Hargreaves
Contrived Collegiality
The Micropolitics of Teacher Collaboration

H Dickson Corbett
Community Influence and School Micropolitics
A Case Example

Paula Kleine-Kracht and Kenneth K Wong
When District Authority Intrudes Upon the Local School
Gary L Anderson
The Cognitive Politics of Principals and Teachers
Ideological Control in an Elementary School

Catherine Marshall
The Cultural Chasm Between Administrator and Teacher Cultures
A Micropolitical Puzzle

William D Greenfield Jr
The Micropolitics of Leadership in an Urban Elementary School
Joseph Blase
The Everyday Political Perspectives of Teachers Toward Students
The Dynamics of Diplomacy

David Bloome and Jerri Willett
Toward a Micropolitics of Classroom Interaction
Joseph Blase
Analysis and Discussion
Some Concluding Remarks


Joseph Blase

Joseph Blase is a professor of educational administration at the University of Georgia. Since receiving his Ph.D. in 1980 from Syracuse University, his research has focused on school reform, transformational leadership, the micropolitics of education, principal-teacher relationships, and the work lives of teachers. His work concentrating on school-level micropolitics received the 1988 Davis Memorial Award given by the University Council for Educational Administration, and his coauthored article published in the Journal of Educational Administration won the W. G. Walker 2000 Award for Excellence. In 1999 he was recognized as an elite... More About Author