ERIC Number: ED339124
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Levels of Environmental Uncertainty of a Site Based Management School within a Minority/Majority Context.
Antelo, Absael; Ovando, Martha N.
Findings from a study that examined the effects of school-based management on the perceived environmental uncertainty of Texas elementary school teachers are presented in this paper. Perceived environmental uncertainty is defined as a lack of clarity and significant information in the school setting. Questionnaires were administered to teachers in two elementary schools with high proportions of minority students: 32 urban school teachers in a school participating in school-based management (SBM) and 30 teachers in a non-SBM school. The SBM school was located in the inner city and was 99% Hispanic; the non-SBM had a 85% minority enrollment. Findings indicate that the SBM school exhibited lower degrees of uncertainty at both in-district and out-of-district levels than did the non-SBM school. Despite different concerns expressed by each group, both were unclear about the availability of district support services and the impact of state legislation on the job. A conclusion is that school-based management is a viable strategy for reducing and coping with environmental uncertainty. Four tables are included. (20 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the University Council for Educational Administration (Baltimore, MD, October 25-27, 1991).