ERIC Number: ED366046
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Sep
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School Leadership and Decision-Making: A Critique of Leadership Style ad Decision-Making Processes in Three Comprehensive High Schools.
Dinham, Steve; And Others
This paper draws on the findings of a major research project funded by the New South Wales Department of School Education (Australia) which sought to examine the school-community interface and communication in comprehensive high schools. Data were drawn initially from nine schools in western Sydney, with three of these schools being the subject of indepth followup study. The project addressed three major focus areas: (1) the expectations of students' educational needs held by students, teachers, parents and business; (2) the communication processes at work within schools and between schools and their communities concerning education; and (3) the essential characteristics of effective communication. These studies revealed the significant role played by senior school executives, particularly the principal, in the development of communication methods in schools and their influence on school culture and climate. Decision-making and communication methods in the three schools are examined within the context of each school's environment and implications are drawn for school leadership; staff morale; and staff, student and community attitudes. (Author/KDP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia (Sydney)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Australian Council for Educational Administration and the Australian Secondary Principals Association (Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, September 26-30, 1993).