ERIC Number: ED326923
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing Involvement of Elementary School Teachers in Problem-Solving, Vertical Communication, and Policy Development by Implementing Quality Circles.
Thomas, Grace Gilliard
The implementation of quality circles to increase elementary school teachers' involvement in problem solving, vertical communication, and policy formation is examined in this practicum report. An attitudinal survey of 44 elementary teachers to document lack of vertical communication yielded 32 responses. A followup survey was administered to the 31 teachers who participated in 3 quality circles over 12 weeks. Findings demonstrate that the practicum met its 3 objectives: 20 out of 31 participants indicated increased involvement in school policy formation, increased sharing of ideas in the work environment, and improved vertical communication. Recommendations for improving quality circles stress the importance of a dedicated and knowledgeable facilitator, cooperative management, and scheduling during regular working hours. Appendices include a teacher opinion followup inventory, teacher attitudinal questionnaire, a quality circle weekly report form, a workshop evaluation form, and a quality circle inservice training posttest. (20 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Nova University FL
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.