ERIC Number: ED245409
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Strength of Organizational Coupling in the Instructionally Effective School.
Astuto, Terry A.; Clark, David L.
Alternative and emergent organizational perspectives are potentially useful in studying the organization and operation of public elementary schools. In particular, the image of organizations as loosely coupled systems is applicable to educational organizations. Yet, recent research indicates that tight linkages enhance school effectiveness. This study employed a meta-analytic technique to describe and compare the strength of coupling in instructionally effective schools. Findings indicate that (1) schools so designated vary in the nature and strength of coupling relative to the principal and other organizational elements; (2) multiple patterns of coupling are so rich and diverse that simple designators like tightly coupled and loosely coupled are insufficient to explain coupling's nature; (3) coupling in effective schools is so diverse that explanations other than tight linkages must account for their success; and (4) the variance of coupling strength challenges school improvement programs designed to create effective schools through procedures that tighten interschool and interdistrict linkages. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Loosely Coupled Systems; Meta Analysis
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).