ERIC Number: ED066823
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Boards of Education in Texas -- the Makeup of Boards and the Perceptions of Board Members. Studies in Education XI.
Splawn, Robert E.
This study is based on the results of a background questionnaire and a perception inventory administered to a stratified random sample of Texas boards of education members in independent school districts having grades K-12. The study attempted to determine (1) the status of Texas school boards, (2) the role of the board and the roles of the superintendent and the high school principal, and (3) to what extent Texas board members' role perceptions agree with the various roles as portrayed in educational literature. The study also attempted to determine the effect the following factors have upon board members' perceptions of the various roles: Size and type of school district served, age, sex, race, income, number of years served on a board, education, and having or not having children in school. Ten hypotheses relating to these perceptions were tested. Findings indicate that there was no statistically significant dependency among size and type of school district served, the number of years served on the board, having or not having children in school, and the occupation of a board member on his perceptions of the role of the board and that of the high school principal. The findings also indicate that there is a significant dependency between the educational level of a school board member and the way he perceives the role of the board and those of the superintendent and the high school principal. (Author)
Descriptors: Administrator Responsibility, Administrator Role, Board of Education Role, Boards of Education, Educational Research, Principals, Role Perception, School Surveys, Statistical Studies, Superintendents
Studies in Education, Box 34, West Texas State University Station, Canyon, Texas 79015 (Free)
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Authoring Institution: West Texas State Univ., Canyon.