ERIC Number: ED236807
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Quality Circles. ERIC Highlights for School Administrators, May/June 1983.
Developed by Japanese corporations to improve productivity and product quality, quality circles (QC's) are small, voluntary groups of workers who share common job responsibilities and who meet regularly to generate solutions to problems. Features of QC's that are applicable to schools are examined in the nine articles summarized in this annotated bibliography. The articles discuss (1) the need to test the readiness of employees and managers for participative management; (2) the relevance of QC's to education, explained by reference to common problems of schools and industries (such as reduced resources and poor morale); (3) the basic concepts and techniques of QC's and the importance of their structure; (4) a step-by-step plan for implementing QC's (such as obtaining top management support and evaluating results); (5) the key factors that might cause a QC program to fail (such as failure to assess management and organizational readiness or inadequate initial planning and implementation); (6) problem areas in schools (such as jurisdictional issues); (7) an existing program in a community college; (8) a high school QC program; and (9) an effective program involving grades 4-6 in Japan. Ordering information is provided. (PB)
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty College Relationship, Higher Education, Organizational Effectiveness, Participative Decision Making, Problem Solving, Productive Thinking, Productivity, Program Design, Program Evaluation, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Participation
SMERC Information Center, San Mateo County Office of Education, 333 Main Street, Redwood City, CA 94063 (free).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association of California School Administrators.; San Mateo County Office of Education, Redwood City, CA. SMERC Information Center.
Identifiers: Quality Circles