ERIC Number: ED114965
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Educational Administration: A Cooperative Venture. Studies in Educational Administration.
Lall, Bernard M.
Wherever democratic processes in decision-making have been tried out, administrators as well as teachers seem to agree that the advantages outweigh the weaknesses. They feel that this process ought to continue. The following are some representative values gained through teacher participation in administration. (1) Individuals grow through participation in cooperative thinking and planning, and they develop a fuller understanding of the problems both of administrating and teaching. (2) Democratic administration is a means of developing excellent staff relationships. Learning to improve relationships through cooperative effort on school problems increases the chance of broader cooperation in the life of the community. (3) Democratic administration helps to achieve the release of the abilities and powers of all the staff for the benefit of the entire organization. (4) The plans developed through cooperation are likely to be superior because the judgment of many has been brought to bear on the problem. (5) Participation in general school administration should help to encourage more democratic procedures in the classroom and, to provide greater opportunity for pupils to prepare for living in a democracy. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Andrews Univ., Berrien Springs, MI.