ERIC Number: ED229437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-13
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship Between Evaluative Data and School Decision-Making.
Sixty-five hour-long, topic-centered interviews were conducted with site-level administrators at elementary schools in a large urban school district to explore the relationships between evaluation information and other inputs into decision-making. The interviews focused on specific program-related decisions and sought to recreate the decision-making process as clearly as possible. These decisions sequences were analyzed to explore the relationship between the type of decision under discussion, the types of personnel who were involved, and the types of information that were utilized. The study found that personal opinion, rather than specific pieces of information dominated the decision process. In particular, evaluation data were mentioned only infrequently. However, when the decision process was subdivided into four stages--problem recognition, decision-making, ratification and dissemination, it was found that evaluation played a significant role in the problem recognition stage. It was also found that increased evaluation use was related to greater personal commitment on the part of key administrators. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, Montreal, Quebec, April 11-15, 1983).