ERIC Number: ED205592
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Institutional Structure and Organizational Processes: The Role of Evaluation Units in Schools.
Zucker, Lynne G.
As the percentage of societal investment in an organization such as a local school district increases, so too will the amount of external regulation and control, and the organization will proliferate a formal structure responsible for self-evaluation. With the increase in extra-local control, evaluation tends to be used externally rather than internally and takes on a signal nature stressing accountability above performance evaluation. Consequently, evaluation personnel have increasingly minimal influence over internal organizational policies and little connection to actual organizational tasks, ambiguity of the information is stressed to make external evaluation more problematic, and a narrow range of evaluation takes place. Status of evaluation personnel decreases as a result of the ambiguity. These central hypotheses are tested using data drawn from a national survey of evaluation units in school districts, combined with measures of federal and state funding and control of school district organization, and additional variables. This preliminary analysis has shown evaluation units to be more prevalent in school districts reliant upon a greater degree of external funding, and indicates that the degree of institutionalization does vary as a function of differences in the amounts of state and federal funding and control. (AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.