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ERIC Number: ED141203
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Decision Making in the School: A Participatory Model.
Massialas, Byron G.; Simone, Martha W.
Described is a project intended to help junior high school students gain understanding and experience in political decision making. The hypothesis is that students will show an increase in political efficacy, interest, trust, and social integration when they become involved in the political functioning of their schools. This hypothesis is in direct contradiction with much previous political socialization literature, which is discussed in the first section of the paper. The school as a political system is perceived as interacting with other agencies in society such as family, church, business organizations, government and/or providing interactions among teachers, students, and administrators within the school. The model describes teaching modules including specific student activities which teach students to apply basic participatory concepts and skills to school decisions which affect them. Activities for grades 6 and 7 in the cognitive, affective, evaluative, normative, and participatory domains are suggested, including problem identification, data analysis, observation, showing political interest, bargaining, rule making, and promoting equality. The paper and pencil instruments, structured interviews, observations, attitude surveys and teacher module evaluation forms for collecting data from students, teachers, administrators, and parents are included in the appendix. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Affective Objectives, Civics, Cognitive Development, Curriculum Design, Decision Making Skills, Grade 6, Grade 7, Learning Activities, Literature Reviews, Models, Political Influences, Political Socialization, Program Descriptions, School Role, Secondary Education, Skill Development, Student Participation, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, New York, April 3-8, 1977)