School Administrators: Agents and Victims of Paper Pressure

Publication type Article
Status Published
Occupation: Prof.; Chief Researcher
A.I. Hertzen Russian State Pedagogical University
Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University
Address: Russian Federation, St. Petersburg, Veliky Novgorod
Occupation: Head of the Sociology Laboratory
Affiliation: Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University
Address: Russian Federation, Veliky Novgorod
Occupation: Prof.
Affiliation: Altai State Pedagogical University
Address: Russian Federation, Barnaul
Occupation: Prof.
Affiliation: A.I. Hertzen Russian State Pedagogical University
Address: Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
Journal nameSotsiologicheskie issledovaniya
EditionIssue 9

The article presents results of an interregional study of the administrative personnel of secondary schools analyzing sample surveys data related to job satisfaction in the education system in its specific aspects and attitudes towards existing education system and its shortcomings, data on the amount of paperwork of school administrators comparing groups of school workers. It shows that the excess volume and the nature of their work is alien to the mission of education, it negatively affects activities of general education school personnel. Growing amount of reporting complicates management of school education at the level of the institution, of municipal school system regionally and nationally. School administrators, although a link in bureaucratic management and an agent of paper pressing as the leading technology of the current model of state educational policy, become victims of this pressing avalanche and participate in latent resistance to it.

Keywordseducation, public school administrators as social-professional group, bureaupathologies in education, professional wellbeing of educators
AcknowledgmentMinistry of Education of the Russian Federation (Altai state pedagogical university, Additional agreement № 073-03-2021-043/2)
Publication date27.09.2021
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