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ERIC Number: ED028966
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 14
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Developing Teacher Decision Making Through Structural Interventions.
Blumberg, Arthur
A number of problems are encountered in "structural interventions" (direct changes introduced into the decisionmaking structure of a school) designed to create a mechanism through which teachers can exercise power over matters, internal to the school, that require decision and to provide a means through which the teachers of a school can potentially influence educational policy decisions in the community at large. The decisionmaking model we have been using emphasizes the leadership role of the principal in creating a representative body of teachers who meet, discuss problems, and make decisions on nearly all matters of school operation over which he previously had control. Central among the problems encountered are (1) the hierarchical, bureaucratic organization of schools and school systems, (2) the fact that changing school structure does not necessarily improve decisionmaking, (3) the nature of the trust relationship between teachers and principals, (4) the teachers' lack of collaborative problemsolving skills, particularly in working with peers, (5) the time required to make a new structure work, (6) the difficulty of insuring that the new decisionmaking body is indeed representative while trying to have it act in the best interests of the total school. Both the principal and his decisionmakers need to be aware of potential organizational fall-out that requires attention to interpersonal and group processes. (JS)
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of American Educational Research Association, Los Angeles, California, February 1969