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ERIC Number: ED165245
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jun
Pages: 44
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Patterns of Participatory Management in Schools.
Robinson, Norman
This study attempted to determine the actual and preferred decision-making levels of teachers and principals in schools. Subjects included approximately 30 principals and 675 teachers from elementary and secondary schools in a large suburban school district in Vancouver, British Columbia. Subjects completed a questionnaire on decision-making in their schools. Among the findings to emerge from the study was that both elementary and secondary teachers desired more decision-making in schools. Principals and assistant principals were identified as making more decisions that any other group and were on the whole satisfied with their levels of decision-making. Teachers believe that principals' involvement in decision-making is larger than principals perceive it to be, and, conversely, principals believe teachers to have more involvement in decision-making than teachers believe they have. This study confirms the results of earlier studies that showed that preferred levels of teacher participation in decision-making are greater than actual levels of decision-making. It also confirmed earlier findings that teachers' desire for participation in school decision-making varies with the decisional area. The study suggests that more collegial decision-making systems in schools will produce greater teacher satisfaction and organizational productivity. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: British Columbia
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration (Quebec City, Quebec, June 1976)