ERIC Number: ED187011
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Actual and Ideal Decision-Making Processes Utilized in Senior High Schools That Individualize Instruction. Technical Report No. 460.
Watkins, Arthur Noel
The purpose of this study was to identify and describe the decision-making processes in senior high schools that were implementing programs of individualized schooling. Field methodology, including interviews, observations, and analysis of documents, was used to gather data in six senior high schools of varying size located throughout the country, diverse in socioeconomic levels, and varying in ethnic composition. Conceptual frameworks from Individually Guided Education (IGE) literature and from change, decision, and organization theories were used to describe underlying philosophies of decision-making; the structures, processes, groups, and organizational dimensions for decision-making; the involvement of personnel in the decision-making process; and satisfaction of school personnel with structures, processes, and involvement in decision-making. Among the major conclusions of the study are that the decision-making structures and processes utilized within the school make a significant contribution to the successful implementation of individualized schooling; and that the principal performs a major role in determining the decision-making policy and in implementing the decision-making structures and processes. As a result of these and other conclusions, numerous implications for practice and further research were suggested. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Individualized Schooling.