ERIC Number: ED046841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Some Structural Determinants of Citizen Participation in Educational Policy-Making in Suburbia: A Case Study.
Steinberg, Lois S.
Findings of a 2 year field study of community school conflict suggest that episodic involvement and emphasis on economic issues are the result of inadequate institutional provisions for sustained participation, deficiencies in the mechanisms providing observability of issues and ineffective channels for the expression, and mediation of dissent. These inadequacies are the result of depoliticization in the school board-community relationship and professionalization in the administration-parent relationship. When school-controlled channels became closed to other than supportive participation, dissent was forced into the externally controlled channels. This led to school board and superintendency turnover which brought about more responsive leadership resulting in the creation of new channels which integrated the school system and the community by increasing visibility of issues and legitimating dissent. The strength of "local" interests and relative weakness of school interests and the unequal balance of power in the parent-administration relationship suggest the need for additional structural provisions for the promotion of sustained involvement and the mediation of conflicting interests. (Author)
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Authoring Institution: American Educational Research Association, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention, American Educational Research Association, New York, New York, February 4, 1971