ERIC Number: ED032651
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jul-31
Reference Count: 0
Improving Organizational Problem-Solving in a School Faculty. A Preliminary Report.
Schmuck, Richard A.; And Others.
This preliminary report discusses a study designed to test whether improved organizational problem solving could be produced in a school faculty by training in interpersonal communication skills. The training intervention, in a junior high school, used exercises designed to increase awareness of interpersonal and organizational processes. Rather than attempt to improve the personal development of individuals, the goal was to increase the effectiveness of the faculty as a working body. Issues that thwarted organizational functioning included: (1) Insufficient role clarity of the principal, vice principal, counselors, and department coordinators; (2) failure to draw on staff resources, especially between academic departments; and (3) low staff involvement and participation at meetings of committees, departments, and full faculty. Posttraining questionnaires pointed to favorable improvement. A related document is EA 002 557. (LN)
Descriptors: Communication Skills, Decision Making, Educational Innovation, Faculty, Group Dynamics, Interaction Process Analysis, Interpersonal Relationship, Junior High Schools, Laboratory Experiments, Organizational Change, Participation, Principals, Problem Solving, Public Schools, Role Perception, Training
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene. Center for Advanced Study of Educational Administration.