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ERIC Number: ED165247
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Pages: 22
Abstractor: N/A
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Citizen Advisory Committees: The Faulty Lightning Rod in the Storm of School-Community Relations.
Robinson, Norman
This case study investigated the capability of school citizen advisory committees to collect, contain, and dissipate conflict. It examined the activities of the Ideal School citizen advisory committee in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1976-77. The committee attempted to block a decision by the school board to move the school to a new location within another high school. Although several possible alternate sites were considered by the committee and the board, agreement could not be reached, and the board announced its plans to complete the relocation. An angry attack in the media was then launched on the school board by Ideal School teachers, parents, and community residents. Nevertheless, the move was accomplished. Four months later, a board attempt to move the school to an elementary site provoked a strong protest by residents of the elementary school neighborhood. In response, the school board chose yet another site, and the move was successfully made. The conclusion from this experience was that advisory committees function well in attracting and focussing conflict but are not effective at containing or dissipating the conflict. The committee could not prevent the school system-community conflict from exploding into the wider public arena. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada