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ERIC Number: ED010911
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Feb-17
Pages: 12
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Reference Count: 0
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A SYSTEMS ANALYSIS OF SCHOOL BOARD ACTION.
SCRIBNER, JAY D.
THE BASIC ASSUMPTION OF THE FUNCTIONAL-SYSTEMS THEORY IS THAT STRUCTURES FULFILL FUNCTIONS IN SYSTEMS AND THAT SUBSYSTEMS OPERATE SEPARATELY WITHIN ANY TYPE OF STRUCTURE. RELYING MAINLY ON GABRIEL ALMOND'S PARADIGM, THE AUTHOR ATTEMPTS TO DETERMINE THE USEFULNESS OF THE FUNCTIONAL-SYSTEMS THEORY IN CONDUCTING EMPIRICAL RESEARCH OF SCHOOL BOARDS. ALL SCHOOL BOARDS HAVE FOUR UNIVERSAL QUALITIES--EQUILIBRIUM, INTERDEPENDENCE, COMPREHENSIVENESS, AND BOUNDARY. DEMANDS AND SUPPORTS (INPUTS) REFLECTING THE WANTS AND DESIRES OF CONCERNED INDIVIDUALS ARE MADE TO THE SCHOOL BOARD. THE ACCEPTANCE OR REJECTION OF AN INPUT AT A SCHOOL BOARD MEETING IS DETERMINED BY COMMUNICATION. THE POLITICAL FUNCTIONS OF RULE MAKING, APPLICATION, AND ADJUDICATION COMPLETE THE CONVERSION PROCESS, AND OUTPUTS (POLICY DETERMINATION) RESULT. BY USING CONTENT ANAYSIS TO TEST THE APPLICABILITY OF THE SYSTEMS APPROACH TO SCHOOL BOARD RESEARCH, THE AUTHOR FINDS THAT EXTRACTIVE DEMANDS ARE MORE PREVALENT, AND OUTPUT TOTALS CORRESPOND CLOSELY WITH INPUT TOTALS. ALTHOUGH SOME CONCEPTS ARE UNVERIFIED, THE FUNCTIONAL-SYSTEMS APPROACH SEEMS TO IMPROVE RESEARCHERS' UNDERSTANDING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD FUNCTION. THIS PAPER WAS PRESENTED AT THE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (CHICAGO, FEBRUARY 17, 1966). (PP)
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Identifiers: Illinois (Chicago)