ERIC Number: ED077102
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
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The Revival of Local Control in Suburbia.
Steinberg, Lois S.
This paper, the third based on a 4-year sociological field study of school-community relations in a factional suburb, analyzes conflict generated by the discrepancy between the perceived and actual norms governing the school board-community relationship. A 3-year effort to develop board responsiveness followed a 7-year period of professional domination and suppression of dissent. Increased participation had the unanticipated consequence of raising expectations for citizen influence in decisionmaking and creating public visibility of the decline in school board authority. Findings have been related to previous research and theory on citizen participation and conflict resolution. (Author)
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Citizen Participation, Community Influence, Community Problems, Conflict Resolution, Curriculum Development, Decision Making, Policy Formation, Power Structure, Role Conflict, School Budget Elections, School Community Relationship, Socioeconomic Influences, Speeches
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Note: Paper presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (58th, New Orleans, Louisiana, February 25-March 1, 1973)