ERIC Number: ED192461
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
A Documentation of the Activities and Functioning of the School Consultative Committees in Vancouver Schools. Research Report 80-03.
In 1975 the Vancouver, British Columbia, Board of School Trustees established School Consultative Committees (SCCs). These advisory committees were designed to allow parents to participate in the decision-making process at the local school level. An analysis of the minutes of meetings of twelve of these SCCs (eight elementary and four secondary) during the 1979-1980 school year and of responses of committee members to questions regarding the role and aims of SCCs provided information on exactly what SCCs do once they are well established and what difficulties they face. Members felt the SCC role was primarily advisory, but the minutes indicated that SCCs received information, dealt with requests, and participated in discussions while only rarely making advisory suggestions or recommendations. The principal's role in establishing and maintaining the SCC was shown to be very important, while readiness of parents to participate was identified as a major problem. Suggestions were made for encouraging participation, particularly among parents for whom English was a second language. This report includes as appendixes summaries of SCC members' responses to the specific questions asked during interviews. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Vancouver Board of School Trustees (British Columbia). Dept. of Evaluation and Research.