ERIC Number: ED120325
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Aug-15
Reference Count: N/A
The Views of Pontiac School Principals on the Process of Desegregation.
Kazen, David; Pavlish, Alfred
This study examines the attitudes and opinions of Pontiac, Michigan school administrators after their schools have undergone approximately nine months of court ordered desegregation. Specifically, it investigates from the school principal's point of view the effects of desegregation upon total school operation, the general attitudes of principals toward the desegregation plan, the role of the administrator in the desegregated school setting, and the documentation of any information offered which might prove helpful to administrators in a similar situation. Structured personal interview data indicate that, of the 48 principals interviewed, 41 or 85 percent remain or became positive about the desegregation plan after the first year. Seventy-seven percent believe that over time desegregation of schools will be beneficial for children in Pontiac. In looking back, principals note that they and their staffs were unprepared to meet the challenge of desegregation. The lack of sufficient training and experience, adequate time to plan, and a good understanding of black culture are cited most frequently as serious handicaps to desegregation. A need for pre-service or in-service training for faculty and staff is noted. In comparing the 1971-72 school year to the previous one, student attendance and participation at extra-curricular activities in parental involvement at school functions shows a decline. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Desegregation Effects, Disadvantaged, Economically Disadvantaged, Educationally Disadvantaged, Integration Readiness, Interviews, Minority Group Children, Opinions, Principals, Racial Attitudes, Racial Integration, School Desegregation, Social Attitudes, Social Integration
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pontiac City School District, MI.
Identifiers - Location: Michigan