ERIC Number: ED108350
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Patterns of Participation. A Report of a National Survey of Citizen Participation in Educational Decision Making.
Stanwick, Mary Ellen
For the reader who wants to know in general terms about the current status of citizen participation in educational decision-making, a descriptive account of a national survey and a summary of the findings are presented. A section containing the results of an opinion portion of the survey should also be of interest to the general readers. Two directory sections are included: one lists school districts reporting citizen participation activity, and one lists active citizen organizations. The participant groups are divided into two categories: Category 1 organizations are those whose role in educational decision-making is defined by the school district; Category 2 groups are private, nonprofit organizations not formally associated with the school system, but concerned with educational policy and practice in a local school district. While there is evidence of quantitative increase--more groups and more activity--the survey has produced nothing that would indicate any important shift in the way that schools are governed. Much of what was learned about the participation of citizens in educational decision-making does, however, offer some cause for hope for the future. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Citizen Participation, Community Involvement, Community Organizations, Community Role, Decentralization, Decision Making, Directories, Elementary Secondary Education, Governance, National Surveys
Institute for Responsive Education, 704 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02215 ($4.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Responsive Education, Boston, MA.