ERIC Number: ED206091
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
An Ethnographic Study of the Decision-Making Processes and Leadership Behavior at the Schoolwide Level in Selected Secondary Schools.
Dunstan, Jeffrey F.
This study used field study methodology to identify and describe decision-making processes and leadership behavior at the school-wide level in secondary schools that individualize their educational programs. Indepth interviews, observations of groups and individuals, and analysis of documents were used to obtain the basic data. Two senior high schools and two middle schools were chosen for observation in this study. Decision-making in the schools was analyzed in terms of decision content, stages, involvement, and constraints. Structural, participative, and supportive leadership behaviors were also identified, described, and analyzed. The first chapter includes an introduction to the study, its background, the statement of the problem, and the significance of the study. Chapter 2 includes a description of the design and methodology of the study. The data for each school are presented in chapter 3. Chapter 4 contains a review of the relevant theoretical literature. In chapter 5 the data are analyzed across the schools. Chapter 6 contains an overview of the study, a summary of the major findings and conclusions, and implications for both practice and further research. A bibliography, questionnaire, initial interview schedule, and pertinent forms and letters conclude the study. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; 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.
Note: Report from the Project on Studies of Administration and Organization for Instruction. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Wisconsin.