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ERIC Number: ED189720
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
LEA Response to Rival Education Delivery Agents: Some Evidence of Tight and Loose Coupling Behaviors.
Stromquist, Nelly P.
The coupling behavior of school systems was examined in this study of how school districts attempt to control and supervise alternative programs. Four alternative high schools for actual and potential dropouts, run by community-based organizations but dependent on local education agencies (LEAs) for student referral and program accreditation, were used for the case study. Two assumptions underlie the study: that school systems are loosely coupled organizations with little supervision over their main product--instruction; and that schools derive their legitimacy from their social milieu. Data were collected through interviews, observations of interaction between the alternative schools and LEAs, and analysis of documents setting down formal commitments and requirements. The study found that LEA administrators exhibited much control over areas that affected the school's legitimacy, particularly over key areas such as the definition of what constitutes "teacher,""student," and "subject matter." Supervision of course content and instructional methodologies was scant. The study concluded that administrators exhibit tight behaviors in areas that affect the school's societal functions and have little bearing on the school's legitimacy. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).