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Crisis management for secondary education: a survey of secondary education directors in Greece

Socrates Savelides (School of Social Sciences, Hellenic Open University, Patra, Greece)
Athanassios Mihiotis (School of Social Sciences, Hellenic Open University, Patra, Greece)
Nikitas-Spiros Koutsoukis (Political Science and International Relations, University of Peloponnisos, Korinthos, Greece)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 12 January 2015

Abstract

Purpose

The Greek secondary education system lacks a formal crisis management system. The purpose of this paper is to address this problem as follows: elicit current crisis management practices, outline features for designing a formal crisis management system in Greece.

Design/methodology/approach

The research is based on a survey conducted with the directors of secondary education and the interpretation of the survey results. Due to the echelon structure of secondary education the directors are experienced educators with plenty of experience. They are in a unique setting to be able to combine the managerial perspective with field experience, both of which are important for managing crises.

Findings

First, events of sociopolitical nature are considered as important crisis triggers. Second, there is tendency to expect extended involvement of the state. Third despite the lack of a formal system, current practices are relevant and tend to mimic formal systems.

Research limitations/implications

In practice the lack of a formal system does not impede crisis management to be applied in secondary education units.

Originality/value

There is no other survey on crisis management at the directors’ level that we are aware of. The findings outline existing practices from a tactical perspective, and can serve as a guide for designing a formal crisis management system that is suited for secondary education in Greece.

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Citation

Savelides, S., Mihiotis, A. and Koutsoukis, N.-S. (2015), "Crisis management for secondary education: a survey of secondary education directors in Greece", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 29 No. 1, pp. 18-43. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJEM-11-2013-0168

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