ERIC Number: ED193210
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Role of Teachers and Other School Practitioners in Decision Making and Innovation. Educational Dissemination Studies Program.
Hood, Paul D.; Blackwell, Laird R.
Three major studies of the role of teachers and other school district professionals in educational decision making and in initiating innovations, spanning the 1968-1973 time period, are reviewed and compared. A probable increase in the role of teachers as initiators of innovations is evident. Data on teachers and others as innovation initiators are shown to vary by: (1) the job position of the informant; (2) the size of the district; (3) the wealth of the district; (4) the grade level of the school; and (5) the level of professionalism of the instructional staff. Teacher participation in educational decision making is most evident in curriculum and instruction, but it is usually confined to advisory or collaborative roles except for areas under the teacher's direct control, such as methods of instruction and scheduling. There is evidence that school district size and wealth, and teacher professionalism, as well as the school's organizational structure affect levels and kinds of teacher participation. It is suggested that it may be a minority of teachers who are repeatedly involved in the initiation of educational innovations, and that major innovations tend to be initiated by and decided on by administrators. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.