ERIC Number: ED105030
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Suburban and Urban Models of Community Control.
Cibulka, James G.
This paper examines whether suburban communities can provide any useful conceptual tools for the examination of the prospects for community control in cities. Several propositions are advanced: First it is argued that the relevance of suburban community control to the poor in the cities is not diminished by the finding that those of high social status participate in politics more than the poor. Second, it is argued that the suburban experience is relevant to urban community control even if suburbs do not have consistently high rates of citizen participation or have less professional autonomy than cities. Moving from these assertions, it is argued that several models of citizen influence over educational governance can be discerned from the literature on suburban educational politics. These models are applicable with some qualifications to minority group communities. The third assertion is that each of these models has pay-off potential for the urban poor, although each brings certain drawbacks as well. It is argued that what is needed is that we develop community control models which incorporate the important features of each of the current models. The structural similarities between urban and suburban models of community control provide a useful starting point for defining an appropriate model for the cities. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington D.C., April 1975)