Other Approaches to Schools as Organizations


  • Jeroen Imants Radboud University Nijmegen


organizational theory, deep and sustained change, teacher learning, school development


The aim of this paper is to explore the role that the analysis of the school as organization can play in discussions on other education, including the contribution to this discussion of organizational theory, organization research and development in schools, and voices from the field. The question is whether other education implies other organization of learning and working in schools, including other perspectives on the school as an organization. As a first step, a narrow and a broad perspective on schools as organizations are distinguished. Next, the broad perspective is further elaborated, leading to the conclusion that an intrinsic relationship exists between pedagogical and didactical aspects of teaching and learning, the social and power relationships, and the material and immaterial conditions for teaching and learning in schools. This discussion leads to the search for alternatives to the traditional organization of teaching and learning. This search is illustrated by an example from the Netherlands.

Author Biography

Jeroen Imants, Radboud University Nijmegen

Jeroen Imants is a Professor in Educational Leadership at the School of Education Edith Stein, Hengelo, and an Associate Professor at Radboud University, Nijmegen.

His area of research is in school organisation.


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