ERIC Number: ED341152
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Aug
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Synergistic Planning: The Essence of School-Based Management.
Richardson, M. D.; And Others
The essence of school-based decision-making is accepting the importance of decentralization and placing emphasis on process in planning efforts. "Synergistic planning" may be a more realistic term, instead of planning, to convey meaning to educators concerning educational organizations. In this model, all people in the organization look at the "situation as a whole" before action is taken on the incremental parts. In a strategic planning process in educational institutions, different people would be looking at different questions and the analysis would proceed at many levels. The objective of synergistic planning is to facilitate the redistribution of resources, recognizing that everyone in the organization is vitally concerned with how resources and relationships could be made more equitable. The background of planning in education is given and leads to the conclusion that through synergistic planning, local schools can negotiate for real changes, not just rhetoric. The issues in synergistic planning include the difficulty of building fragile values into decision-making models, student growth measurement, data collection and interpretation, and the loss of public confidence and integrity in educational matters. The purposes of synergistic planning, personnel issues, and collegiality are addressed. (RR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Synergistic Planning
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Professors of Educational Administration (45th, Fargo, ND, August 11-16, 1991).