Innovation Within a Bureaucratic Education System—Part I

A. ROSS THOMAS (Lecturer in Educational Administration in the University of New England. He holds the degrees of B.Econ., B.Ed.(Hons.) and M.Ed. of the University of Queensland. Mr. Thomas is a Member of the Australian College of Education and assistant editor of The Journal of Educational Administration.)

Journal of Educational Administration

ISSN: 0957-8234

Publication date: 1 February 1968


Bureaucratic theory, systems theory and a review of research on innovation, provide a conceptual framework on which seven predictions are posited. The predictions relate to the innovative behaviour of a bureaucratic education system throughout a period of twenty years. An innovation is defined as a new structure or process that appeared for the first time in the education system. One hundred and sixty four innovations are identified and classified. The predictions are tested and the implications discussed.


ROSS THOMAS, A. (1968), "Innovation Within a Bureaucratic Education System—Part I", Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 6 No. 2, pp. 116-131.

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