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ERIC Number: ED013499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Feb-16
Pages: 11
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Reference Count: 0
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SCHOOL DISTRICT INNOVATIVENESS AND EXPECTATIONS FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD ROLE.
LAPLANT, JAMES CLAYTON
A STUDY OF 12 WISCONSIN SCHOOL DISTRICTS MEASURED THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE EXTENT OF INNOVATIVENESS EXHIBITED IN SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND THE DEGREE OF CONSENSUS OF EXPECTATIONS FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD ROLE WITHIN AND BETWEEN GROUPS OF CITIZENS, TEACHERS, ELECTED MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS, AND SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS. MEASURES OF INNOVATIVENESS INCLUDED (1) NUMBER OF EDUCATIONAL INNOVATIONS ADOPTED, (2) RELATIVE EARLINESS OF SUCH ADOPTIONS, AND (3) RATE OF SPREAD OF THE INNOVATIONS WITHIN THE DISTRICT. INTERVIEWS TO DETERMINE CONSENSUS WERE MADE OF RANDOM SAMPLES OF THE FOLLOWING GROUPS--1794 CITIZENS, 240 TEACHERS, 183 ELECTED OFFICIALS, 90 BOARD MEMBERS, AND 12 SUPERINTENDENTS. INTERVIEWS TO DETERMINE INNOVATIVENESS WERE HELD JOINTLY WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS AND ANOTHER ADMINISTRATOR. ALTHOUGH NO DATA ARE INCLUDED, GENERAL SUPPORT AND REJECTION ARE REPORTED FOR EIGHT INTERRELATED HYPOTHESES. THE STUDY CONCLUDES THAT A SCHOOL DISTRICT'S INNOVATIVENESS IS POSITIVELY RELATED TO THE AMOUNT OF AGREEMENT BETWEEN CITIZENS AND TEACHERS REGARDING THEIR EXPECTATIONS FOR THE SCHOOL BOARD ROLE. DISTRICTS WITH HIGH AGREEMENT BETWEEN EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL SEGMENTS WILL ADOPT MORE INNOVATIONS AT AN EARLIER DATE THAN DISTRICTS LACKING THIS AGREEMENT. THIS PAPER WAS PRESENTED AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION (NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 18, 1967). (JK)
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Identifiers: New York (New York)