ERIC Number: ED244356
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Educating the Board of Education.
This study examines local, ongoing inservice practices and programs for school board members in Pennsylvania in order to devise a program that local districts can adapt or adopt in response to their own needs. Following a brief introduction, a summary describes how data for the study were gathered by means of a series of interviews and questionnaires sent to experts on school board affairs, superintendents and board presidents, and board members in a partially random sample including 153 of Pennsylvania's 505 school districts. The summary also provides a brief characterization of the sample's respondents and districts. The study's subsequent presentation of its findings is divided into three sections: (1) The Needs of Pennsylvania School Board Members, (2) Existing and Recommended Local School Board Inservice Programs and Practices, and (3) Constraints on Board Inservice Programs. After presenting seven short conclusions, one of which is that no single inservice program applies equally well across all districts, the author then provides a local board development program outline that includes recommendations on program leadership, elements, content, and evaluation. The study concludes with a selected bibliography and 3 extensive appendixes containing 23 tables and separate sets of sample questionnaires and interview forms. (JBM)
Descriptors: Board of Education Policy, Boards of Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Education, Interviews, Management Development, Master Plans, Program Development, Program Implementation, Questionnaires, School District Autonomy, School Districts, Staff Development, State Surveys, Superintendents, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984). Portions of appendixes may not reproduce due to small, broken print.