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ERIC Number: ED151973
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Pages: 34
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Reference Count: 0
High School Bureaucracy: A Myth Exposed.
Abramowitz, Susan
The National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Institute of Education surveyed a national stratified random sample of 2,000 high school principals (75 percent response rate) to determine the nature of high school structure. Six structural (role, rules, differentiation, authority, decision-making participation, formal communication) and two coordination (evaluation and interdependence) variables were investigated. The results show only isolated relationships, mainly due to increased complexity. For example, staffing differentiation is associated with decision-making participation, the number of people evaluating teachers, and formal communication through meetings. These findings are in part tautological since much of the variance can be explained by the presence of a varied faculty and staff. Since few of the variables were related, the author concludes that high schools cannot be described by a unitary factor such as bureaucracy. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Toronto, Ontario, March 27-31, 1978); Table 2 may not reproduce clearly due to small print