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.




In the last few years the Commonwealth Secretariat's Education Programme has organised a set of activities focusing on the educational development of small states. This programme has been developed at the express wish of Commonwealth Ministers of Education who met in Cyprus in 1984, in Kenya in 1987, and, most recently, in Barbados in 1990. The mandate partly reflects the composition of the Commonwealth, for 28 of its 50 members have populations below 1.5 million.


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