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Exploring and building a concept of democratic school management

This bibliographical research studies the relations between politics, power and democracy in public schools. It highlights the elements which characterize school management as a political phenomenon and as the locus of dispute and dominating processes. The study also evaluates the characteristics of democracy, developing a concept of democratic school management, considering it as a dialogue-oriented process, through the active participation of those with school connections, through a collective construction of rules and procedures, and through the establishment of channels of communication with a view to broaden the information domain to those in the school universe.

Democratic Management; School Management; School Politics

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