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ERIC Number: ED383110
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May
Pages: 37
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School Board Members' Perceptions of the Future: Patterns and Implications.
Webber, Charles F.
This paper presents findings of a study that attempted to predict the future concerns of a sample of Canadian school board members. The three-round Delphi study was conducted by mail with a random sample of 350 school board members in a western Canadian province. The response rate was 39 percent. Participants predicted that their future top priorities would include finance, student behavior, quality assurance, and employment preparation for students. They assigned low priorities to issues of gender and teacher-work overload. Nine themes that emerged from the board members' predicted concerns centered around educational governance, accountability, program-delivery models, societal change, school security, the educational welfare of students, educational finance, teacher development, and curricular content. These themes infer a generalized belief structure to which board members appear to subscribe. It is suggested that: (1) education will become increasingly politicized; (2) teachers will see little professional/economic advancement and an increased workload; (3) social issues will receive low priority from boards of education; and (4) low-cost innovative teaching models and strong disciplinary measures will receive school-board support. Two tables are included. The appendix contains a copy of the concerns inventory. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Canada