ERIC Number: ED209742
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Lindelow, John; And Others
Chapter 6 in a volume on school leadership, this chapter makes a case for the use of participative decision-making (PDM) at the school-site level, outlines guidelines for its implementation, and describes the experiences of some schools with PDM systems. It begins by citing research indicating the advantages of PDM, including better decisions, higher employee satisfaction, and better relationships between management and staff. The authors then discuss guidelines offered by a number of authorities to help administrators implementing PDM. They advocate that administrators vary their decision-making styles. In addition they make suggestions about who should be involved in which decisions and touch on the extent, areas, and forms of involvement. The advantages of going slowly when moving to a more participative form of decision-making and of providing necessary training are noted. The authors describe two successful experiences with PDM, the San Jose (California) Teacher Involvement Project and the Mansfield (Connecticut) public schools. They conclude that when utilized correctly, PDM can be one of the most effective techniques a leader can use to motivate others to strive willingly for group goals. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Participative Decision Making, Power Structure, Principals, School Administration, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Participation, Teachers
Not available separately; see EA 014 193.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.
Identifiers: Connecticut (Mansfield); Teacher Involvement Project
Note: Chapter 6 of "School Leadership: Handbook for Survival" (EA 014 193). For related documents, see EA 014 193-204 and ED 189 680.