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ERIC Number: ED081092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Jul
Pages: 22
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Informal Extra-Organizational Forces Affecting Educational Decision-Making.
Hughes, Larry W.
Several explanations are proposed for community attitudes about the school system. The author claims that the most important factor affecting these attitudes may be the school's failure to develop effective ways of carrying on continuous dialogue with its community. The author specifies that an educator should subject his community to a regular examination rather than assume that the community decisionmaking structure is a stabilized constant. A model for examining the influence structure in a community presents four major categories: a consensual elite structure, where few citizens participate and a small group rules; the competitive elite structure, characterized by two or more ideological groups attempting to rule, but where few citizens participate; a consensual mass power system, implying general ideological unity with broad effective participation by a substantial number of citizens; and the competitive mass structure, analogous to the consensual mass but having some conflict because of the varying ideological base. A selected bibliography is included. (Author/WM)
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Note: Paper presented at Urban Administration Annual Conference (3rd, Knoxville, Tennessee, July 1972)