ERIC Number: ED348455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
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Restructuring in an Urban Setting: How One Elementary School Got Started.
Taylor, Dianne L.
This document describes school-based management (SBM) and examines one urban elementary school's experiences in developing a SBM plan. School issues that gave rise to interest in SBM and problems encountered by those involved in the planning process are analyzed. Two administrators, three teachers, and two parents, who were involved in the early states of developing a SBM plan for the elementary school, were included. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and tape-recorded over a 6-month period. Transcriptions of the interviews and field notes were analyzed to produce 268 pieces of data that were sorted by theme. Themes that emerged in the data and the strengths and weaknesses that appeared in the planning process are highlighted. The results show the difficulty of restructuring schools. Goals embraced by parents and teachers differed. The two themes of autonomy and parental involvement were found throughout the interviews. The school staff wanted autonomy to determine how best to serve student needs and desired protection from mandates that typically are enforced uniformly across schools and districts without regard for a given school's unique characteristics or circumstances. Parents wanted greater participation for all parents in school governance, in establishing budget priorities, in the life of the school, and in the education of every child at the school. Included are 22 references and 2 tables. (RLC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reform Efforts
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (New Orleans, LA, 1992).