School Administrators: Agents and Victims of Paper Pressure
Dr. Sci. (Sociol.), Prof., Department of Sociology, A.I. Hertzen Russian State Pedagogical University, St.-Petersburg, Russia; Chief Researcher, Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University, Veliky Novgorod, Russia firstname.lastname@example.org
Cand. Sci. (Sociol.), Assoc. Prof., Head of the Sociology Laboratory, Yaroslav-the-Wise Novgorod State University, Veliky Novgorod, Russia email@example.com
Dr. Sci. (Sociol.), Prof., Altai State Pedagogical University, Barnaul, Russia firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Sci. (Philol.), Prof., A.I. Hertzen Russian State Pedagogical University, St.-Petersburg, Russia email@example.com
Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation (Altai State Pedagogical University, additional agreement No. 073-03-2021-043/2).
Оsipov А.М., Matveev V.V., Мatveeva N.А., Vorontsova T.I. School Administrators: Agents and Victims of Paper Pressure. Sotsiologicheskie issledovaniya [Sociological Studies]. 2021. No 9. P. 72-80
The article presents results of an interregional study of the administrative personnel of secondary schools analyzing sample surveys data related to job satisfaction in the education system in its specific aspects and attitudes towards existing education system and its shortcomings, data on the amount of paperwork of school administrators comparing groups of school workers. It shows that the excess volume and the nature of their work is alien to the mission of education, it negatively affects activities of general education school personnel. Growing amount of reporting complicates management of school education at the level of the institution, of municipal school system regionally and nationally. School administrators, although a link in bureaucratic management and an agent of paper pressing as the leading technology of the current model of state educational policy, become victims of this pressing avalanche and participate in latent resistance to it.