Master of Social Work (MSW)
Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work
The policies of an organization are the most important component in defining its purpose and setting its priorities. The public school system in Ontario is no exception to this rule. In the past century education in the public domain has made no major changes in its policies. The present authoritarian, tightly constricted, vertical hierarchy is the same organizational structure introduced by Ryerson in the 1850’s. At that time, such a system reflected the prevailing societal purposes and needs. But today the public school system does not function in such a manner as to fill its role in 20th century Canadian society.
The question now is not one of the legitimacy of change in this system, but one of how this change can be effected in the light of present knowledge about organizational innovation.
Smith, Joan E., "Social Worker Efficacy in Changing School System Policies" (1969). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 1578.