ERIC Number: ED172362
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
New School Board Members: A Portrait. Research Report 1979-1.
National School Boards Association, Washington, DC.
The period just before and just after a school board member is chosen is the basis for this report. Data were collected by polling 1,000 board members and conducting indepth interviews at the 1978 National School Boards Association Convention. The year preceding and the year following a board member's selection can be divided into the eligibility stage (when candidates decide to run), the campaign stage, and the socialization stage. Results of the poll indicated that previous experiences did not prepare board members for serving on boards. Respondents indicated that campaign issues in school board elections are often financial in nature with other issues like basic skills or superintendent performance also prevalent. The report is apparently the first study to use a national sample to explore specific campaign strategies used by school board candidates. The technique most often mentioned was that of talking to influential people. The survey also reveals that compaigners who are young, female, and from large districts in the South and East tend to be more active campaigners. The survey also revealed that for training and orientation, school board members rely most on individuals within their own districts. Other findings revealed common school board norms. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Board Candidates, Boards of Education, Elections, Elementary Secondary Education, Group Norms, Individual Characteristics, Surveys
National School Boards Association, 1055 Thomas Jefferson Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20007 ($7.50; quantity discounts)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Washington, DC.