ERIC Number: ED370196
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
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Implementing School Decision-Making Groups: A Case Study in Restructuring.
Dellar, Graham B.
In 1987, Western Australia implemented a school-based management program called "Better Schools," which attempted to create "self-determining schools." Central to the restructuring effort was the establishment of school-based decision-making groups (SBDMGs), which permitted school staff and community representatives to exercise more autonomy over decisions concerning educational policy and school development. This paper describes the response of a secondary Australian school to the mandated establishment of SBDMGs and school development planning, with a focus on the implementation process. Data were derived from document analysis, observations, surveys, and interviews with Ministry of Education officials, superintendents, principals, deputy principals, and key representatives from the Parents and Citizens Association and the Teachers' Union. Findings indicate that schools are open social systems composed of a complex pattern of relationships, and that the change process must be viewed as dependent on context. Problems encountered during implementation of the "Better Schools" program included uncertainty about the policy's organizational fit, conflicting information sources used by principals and parents, a lack of collaboration among stakeholding groups, and staff resistance. The appendix contains a detailed case study of Jardine Junior High School. Contains 26 references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 4-8, 1994).