ERIC Number: ED163563
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun-21
Reference Count: 0
Investigating Control: A Framework and Some Research Findings.
Renihan, P. J.; Renihan, F. I.
The control exerted by boards of education may be described by measuring what is controlled, what types of control are used, and at what level control is exerted. A model designed to measure these factors was tested in a random sample of 21 British Columbia school boards. The major findings revealed that school board decisions tended to concentrate in the operational areas of staff personnel, finance, and business management, while curriculum and instruction received the least attention. The majority of decisions made were at a routine or maintenance level rather than at either a policy-making or short-term level. An investigation of relationships between contextual variables and control revealed the tendency of boards making greater numbers of decisions to concentrate more on trivial matters than on policy matters. Greater local fiscal effort seemed related to greater involvement of boards in school-community relations decisions. Greater local fiscal effort and greater district size together seemed accompanied by greater board emphasis on curriculum and instruction. The report concludes with recommendations to school boards for effective use of time and effort, as well as recommendations for further research. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: British Columbia
Note: Paper presented at the Canadian School Trustees' Association Congress on Education (1st, Toronto, Ontario, June 17-21, 1978); Figures I and II may not reproduce clearly