ERIC Number: ED203491
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Public Perception of School Management in the State of Washington.
A statewide survey of over 1,100 voters in the state of Washington indicated that voters in the state have a positive perception of the performance of superintendents and principals in the majority of management areas evaluated. The survey gathered voter opinions from different sizes of school districts concerning educational management at the district and school levels, the amount and quality of information used by the public in developing perceptions of school management, and the quality of instruction and programs in schools. Major findings include indications that there is high voter interest in issues of school management; that district size significantly affects respondents' views of the schools; that voters are concerned about student discipline, student counseling, collective bargaining, and personnel management; and that involved and knowledgeable citizens have more positive attitudes toward schools. In addition, results of the survey suggest that, after basic skills, voters are most supportive of vocational, science, and career education and that administrators should enlarge their audiences to include those who do not yet know much about schools. Those who are highly involved in schools tend to use personal sources of information more than those less involved, who rely heavily on the media. (Author/WD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Voters; Washington
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).