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ERIC Number: ED037415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 20
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School-Community Relations.
Belasco, James A.; And Others
A study was conducted to observe the potential conflict over control of education in order to hypothesize about the generality of system-community conflict phenomena. A questionnaire was administered to a randomly stratified sample of the community and to the total professional teaching population in a city school district (population 35,000) in upstate New York. Respondents were asked who they presently perceived had the decisionmaking power and who they thought schould have final control over a series of economic, administrative, and educational issues. Conclusions: There is a potential for sharp conflict between environmental community groups and the internal professional staff concerning the ideal distribution of authority, the largest differences concerning economic issues. The community desires greater control for itself and its elected representative, the school board, and less by the professional teacher than is desired by teachers. On both educational and economic matters both community and teachers desire some change from what they perceive is present practice. Both desire more control by teachers of the educational process. Community perceptions do not accurately reflect current decisionmaking practices. Such current ignorance while serving to avoid overt conflict also sows the seed for future conflict. Collective bargaining, for instance, may increase the potential for conflict by increasing the visibility of internal operations, by making more salient the relative power of teacher groups, etc. (JS)
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Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Minneapolis, March 1970