ERIC Number: ED347657
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Consumers and Education Professionals in the Organisation and Administration of Schools: Partnership or Conflict?
Deem, Rosemary; Brehony, Kevin J.
Findings of a longitudinal study that explored the impact of recent educational reforms in England on the nature of the relationship between headteachers and lay school governors are presented in this paper. Recent legislation, notably the 1986 Education Act (No. 2) and the 1988 Education Reform Act, have increased governors' and consumers' power and reduced the power of the "producers" of education. Governors are members of school governing bodies who have volunteered to work with headteachers in school administration. The study of two local education authorities--Northshire and Southshire--involved observations of meetings and governor training sessions, questionnaires administered to governors, interviews conducted with headteachers and chairs, and informal discussions with local education agency officers. Findings indicate that the governor/headteacher relationship is not a consensual one. Factors inhibiting the development of a partnership include the micropolitical nature of school governance; the emerging organizational cultures of governing bodies; the loose coupling of governing bodies to schools; the differences between heads and governors about power; the complex and ambiguous nature of reform legislation; and cultural factors, such as race, gender, and ethnicity. The question is raised whether community involvement should extend to nonprofessionals taking a key role in educational decision making and policy formation. (27 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).