ERIC Number: ED195028
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Constituent Responsiveness of School Board Members.
Olsen, Peter C.
This study examined whether school board members give highest priority to representing their constituencies or to voting their consciences. It also looked for correlations between demographic characteristics and the way school board members respond to constituent interests. Data were gathered by a questionnaire submitted to the population of 110 school board members in Rutland County, Vermont, in 1979. A Q-sort was administered reflecting the continuum of attitudes from most responsive to constituents to least responsive. Findings showed no overwhelming preference for either end of the role continuum. There was some indication that respondents preferred statements reflecting a desire to remain independent in their attitudes, yet willing to listen to constituents. No demographic characteristics (age, sex, educational level or length of time on the school board) appeared to have any significant influence on choice of statements. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Constituent Responsiveness