ERIC Number: ED235593
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Six Hundred Schools: A Study of Resources in Australian and New Zealand Government Schools. Staffing and Resources Study Report No. 2. ACER Research Monograph No. 17.
Questionnaire data underlie this analysis of the patterns of personnel availability and utilization in a sample of government schools in Australia and New Zealand. An introduction reviews research and outlines some theoretical issues relevant to school organization and resource allocation. The design and administration of the survey are reported in the second chapter. Personnel resources available in schools are described in chapter 3, which incorporates data on the number and type of teaching staff and support staff, the configuration of teaching and support staff in schools of different types, and the principals' report of emerging needs and priorities in staffing. In the following chapter school structures concerned with policy formulation and those concerned with policy implementation are examined in light of their influence on resource distribution. Chapter 5 considers details of resource allocation including the definition of class size, class size patterns at different school levels, and allocation of staff to noninstructional functions. The final chapter summarizes the discussion, concluding that resource allocation within schools is a complex network that needs to be understood in terms of purposes, circumstances, and structures, as well as student-teacher ratios and class sizes, and that staffing policies should be developed accordingly. Data are presented in abundant tables. (MJL)
Descriptors: Class Size, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Noninstructional Responsibility, Organizational Theories, Policy Formation, Principals, Public Schools, Resource Allocation, School Organization, School Personnel, School Size, School Surveys, Staff Utilization, Teacher Distribution
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Researchers
Sponsor: Australian Education Council, Canberra.
Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research, Hawthorn.
Identifiers - Location: Australia; New Zealand