ERIC Number: ED197006
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
[Four Short Papers Highlighting Aspects of a Study of Citizens' Organizations: Citizen Participation in Educational Decisionmaking].
Institute for Responsive Education, Boston, MA.
Each of these four papers highlights findings of a National Institute of Education-sponsored project entitled "Citizen Organizations: A Study of Citizen Participation in Educational Decisionmaking." The first paper, "Class, Power, and Networking: Implications of Existing Network Patterns Among Groups," discusses the effect of inter-organizational exchanges of information and resources on organizational effectiveness. Study findings indicated that middle-class groups had the most extensive networks, but it remained unclear whether networks were a cause or a result of organizational influence. The second paper, "Implications of the Research for Citizen Participation," presents evidence to support the finding that community organizations are preoccupied with self-survival and therefore other priorities including representation of community interests in school policy are secondary to that effort. Implications for organizations and government are discussed. "School Boards, Public Participation and Public Control of Public Schools," the third paper, discusses patterns of school governance and the effect of school board accessibility on the behavior of citizen participation groups. The last paper, "School Administrators and Citizen Groups," presents evidence to suggest that although legally mandated citizen participation groups are the most available vehicle for involvement in school policy, they cannot replace voluntary organizations and might be more effective if they established links with voluntary groups. (MK)
Descriptors: Advisory Committees, Board of Education Policy, Citizen Participation, Community Control, Community Organizations, Decision Making, Elementary Secondary Education, Organizational Communication, Organizational Effectiveness, Organizational Objectives, Parent Associations, Parent Participation, Policy Formation
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for Responsive Education, Boston, MA.
Note: For related documents see ED 181 089-090.