ERIC Number: ED117813
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jan
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But How Do You Know Their Opinions Count: The Influence of Knowledge About Community Opinions on School Board Opinions.
Goodrich, Burton E., Jr.
In June 1975, a rural Massachusetts school board developed a comprehensive six-page questionnaire and mailed it to all community residents 17 years of age and older. The questionnaire solicited demographic data, as well as respondents' opinions on a wide range of school-related topics. Besides being administered to the community, the questionnaire was twice administered to the school board--once before the community survey and once after the board was aware of the community's responses. Comparison of individual board member's responses on the first and second administration showed that their opinions did change considerably; of these changes, 56 percent were made so as to align with major community opinions. Comparison of the opinions of the total school board showed that the board moved from 78 percent agreement with community opinion in the first administration to 85 percent agreement in the second administration. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts