ERIC Number: ED208559
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Managing Social Change: Administrative Decision-Making in Desegregating Schools. Multi-Ethnic School Environments.
Beckum, Leonard; Dasho, Stefan J.
Through a reexamination of the information collected by two previous studies, this study looked at the role of administrators in desegregating the two school districts observed. Information came from inschool observations and interviews with teachers, principals, and district officials. The findings of the study consist of summaries of the district administrators' perceptions of problems relating to desegregation and a list of conclusions about the shortcomings of administrative decision-making. Problems that administrators perceived when desegregating schools were related to lack of school funds, community relations, planning, communication within the school district, superintendent leadership, and inservice training. Failures of administrative decision-making to truly eliminate racial isolation arose from lack of sufficient planning, emphasis on legal rather than true compliance, magnet programs that offered no real innovations, lack of cultural pluralism in the curriculum, and lack of leadership from principals. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.