ERIC Number: ED170939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr-12
Reference Count: 0
Community Involvement in Educational Decision-Making: Some Lessons Learned.
Mercurio, Joseph A.
This study considered the effectiveness of citizen advisory boards as vehicles for community input to educational decision-making. It is based on an evaluation of the Greer, South Carolina, Piedmont Schools Project, a planned experiment in comprehensive change in a K-12 school system. The data derive from community surveys, personal interviews, and participant observation techniques. Results suggest that despite federal and state mandates for broad-based citizen involvement in educational decision-making, citizen advisory boards still are likely to be "paper" councils dominated by "advantaged" clientele, and unrepresentative of the community-at-large. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Black Community, Citizens Councils, Community Involvement, Community Surveys, Decision Making, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Interviews, Program Descriptions, School Community Relationship, Socioeconomic Status, Speeches
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: South Carolina (Greer)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979); Not available in paper copy due to light print of original document