ERIC Number: ED203495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-14
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship Between Management Bargaining Teams and Contract Settlement Conflict.
Caldwell, William E.; Lehr, S. Terry
A review of the literature on managerial responsibilities in the collective bargaining process in the public schools yields two hypotheses. The first is that the degree of conflict in public school bargaining is related to the role and level of participation on the management bargaining team of the superintendent, the principal, and the assistant superintendent. The second is that the degree of conflict is positively related to the utilization of school board members on the management bargaining team. A questionnaire was used to survey the sample for this study, which included 149 school districts that negotiated contracts during the 1976-77 and 1977-78 school years. The data revealed that the only administrative position that generated significant findings concerning the first hypothesis was that of assistant superintendent. The higher the participation level of the assistant superintendent, the higher the conflict level prior to settlement. In the case of the positions of superintendent and principal, the data did not confirm the original hypothesis. Analysis of school board participation did confirm the second hypothesis, but not to the degree expected. Collective bargaining in schools needs continued study to aid schools in reducing levels of dysfunctional conflict. (WD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Management Bargaining Teams
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981). Some paragraphs may reproduce poorly due to marginal legibility of original document.