|dc.creator||Reid, Susan Margaret.||
|dc.description||Thesis (M.Ed.) - University of Natal, Durban, 1992.||en
|dc.description.abstract||In the post de Lange period education was faced by uncertainty
and change. There was a call for a greater contribution to
education by the private sector and parent communities . This
case study examines the response of a co-educational white high
school, High School 139, to its environment.
Different environmental types are discussed and the concept of
turbulence introduced. The macro and meso environments of High
School 139 are described with attention paid to the legal,
political, economic, cultural, educational, sociological and
technological factors which influence school management in times
of uncertainty and change. Socio-political issues are addressed
as well as problems relating to customers, suppliers and
competition within the school.
The case study explains how government funding at High School
139 was not adequate for the cost of education if standards were
to be maintained and how the school management explored
alternative approaches in order to meet these financial needs.
The school introduced a ' Foundation Trust Fund ' and the way this
was done, together with the impact on internal structures, is
The academic and secretarial staff are one of any school's most
valuable resources. Consequent the researcher sought the opinion of the staff on how the introduction of a Foundation Trust had affected their involvement at High School 139. This
was done by means of a questionnaire and the results of this
survey are presented in detail.
The researcher concludes that turbulent environmental conditions
are not likely to abate in the foreseeable future. Improvement
in educational activity does not necessarily depend on mere money
and more teachers being available, but on the articulation of
practical and moral decisions.||en
|dc.subject||Educational change--South Africa.||en
|dc.subject||School management and organization--KwaZulu-Natal.||en
|dc.title||Managing the environment : a case study of a Natal co-educational white high school and its response to changing environmental conditions.||en