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ERIC Number: ED120939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-23
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Prolegomenon to the Analysis of Nondecision Making.
Mann, Dale
Non-decision-making is about how things come about in the absence of conscious choice. It is defined as a decision that stops a challenge to existing values or attempts to prevent something from reaching the stage of formal or overt decision-making. The common denominator is the suppression of wider participation in the formation of public policy. This paper presents the theoretical formulation, research design, and early field results from an ongoing project that is using the theory for non-decision-making to analyze the behavior of New York City high school principals. Data about four types of non-decision-making (default, abstentions, covert, and false consensus) are considered. Very preliminary and general hypotheses are that administrative non-decision-making is inversely related to the responsiveness of the school to its clientele, that participation by the school staff and community is curvilinearly related to successful implementation of changes in the school (too little and too much impede success), and that administrative non-decision-making is negatively related to positive neighborhood attitudes toward the school in situations of impending conflict. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 19-23, 1976)