ERIC Number: ED175093
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Describing Control in Educational Organizations.
Renihan, P. J.; Renihan, F. I.
This paper describes the construction and application of a framework to investigate control at the policy-making level in education. The minutes of the regular meetings of 21 school boards in British Columbia were analyzed for the period January to December of 1975. Construction of the framework involved (1) definitions of control and identification of common characteristics, (2) specification of control dimensions, (3) the importance of decision-making to control, (4) identification of three decision levels from research and learned opinion, and (5) consideration of what is controlled, namely, operational areas of relevance to educational administration. Application of the framework involved describing control in terms of emphasis placed on decisions and then examining those decisions and their relationships to several contextual variables. Some of the results indicated that the more decisions made by a board, the less important they tended to be; boards tended to place low emphasis on curriculum and instruction decisions; and boards with more trustees tended to make higher-level, corrective-type decisions in the area of finance and business management. One recommendation was to devote greater attention to structuring board agendas and eliminating inconsequential issues. (Author/LD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: British Columbia
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (New Orleans, Louisiana, February 14-17, 1979); Not available in paper copy due to light print of original document