ERIC Number: ED243177
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
The Politics of School Board Turnover: An Exploratory Study.
Mitchell, Stephen M.; Bacharach, Samuel B.
Because research on job characteristics as predictors of turnover is of debatable relevance to the study of school board turnover, the research reported here examines the impact of variables capable of capturing the political context. In a survey including data from 263 board members from 83 school districts in New York State, the dependent variable was turnover, measured by expressed intent not to run for another term of office. In the first stage of analysis, a large number of variables were correlated with the dependent variable. The 32 variables emerging as significant were carried to the second stage and subjected to a principal factoring with varimax rotation. True factor scales were then created for each of 11 factors that became the independent variables for the third stage of analysis. In this stage, the factor scales were regressed onto the dependent variable to identify seven primary predictors of school board turnover. Of the seven significant patterns of activity, administrative deprivation of influence, length of time on board, and agreement with current board predicted board turnover. Factors predicting running for reelection were favoring more union involvement, feeling that teachers had usurped authority over control issues, a pro-administration attitude, and miscellaneous items expressing agreement or discontent with different groups in the district. (MJL)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Board Administrator Relationship, Board of Education Policy, Board of Education Role, Boards of Education, Educational Administration, Factor Analysis, Labor Relations, Occupational Mobility, Organizational Theories, Politics of Education, Power Structure, Public Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell Univ.
Identifiers: Coalitions; New York; Political Analysis
Note: In: Consensus and Power in School Organizations. Final Report (EA 016 651).