ERIC Number: ED123770
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Control Structure in the Elementary School.
Packard, John S.; Carlson, Richard O.
This paper discusses different approaches to analyzing the internal control structure of organizations and describes a model interview structure that was developed for use in a longitudinal study of decision-making in 41 elementary schools. The model is designed to garner objective accounts of school decision-making through periodic interviews of informants on the staff of each subject school. The pattern of decision-making in each school was classified on the basis of interview data into five basic decision types according to the reported relationship between those rendering decisions and those governed by the decisions. Analysis of the data showed that elementary schools with unit organization tend to have higher levels of collegial decision-making on school and class-related issues than do conventionally organized elementary schools. (JG)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Elementary Education, Field Studies, Interviews, Models, Multiunit Schools, Questionnaires, Research Methodology, School Organization, Tables (Data), Teacher Role
Center for Educational Policy and Management, 1472 Kincaid Street, Eugene, Oregon 97403
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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