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ERIC Number: ED263654
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Mar-30
Pages: 27
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Using Political Theory to Improve Local Decision Making.
Merz, Carol Smith
Seven school superintendents in the state of Washington with varying levels of exposure to Iannacone and Lutz's dissatisfaction theory of democracy as well as varying degrees of experience with electoral conflict in their careers were interviewed to determine the level of their understanding of the theory, their acceptance of it, their ability to apply it, and their desire for more information on conflict levels in their districts. The executive directors of the state school boards association and the school administration association were also interviewed. The researchers concluded that practitioners in the field of school administration have not received much information concerning dissatisfaction theory, though they are receptive to the theory when it is described in the context of electoral data with which they are familiar. Graduate studies offer the best format for educating superintendents concerning the theory, and the most effective method for presentation is to provide multiple sessions during which superintendents can obtain guidance in applying the theory to their own situations. This paper discusses the various responses of the superintendents and state educational leaders interviewed, suggests conclusions that can be drawn, and recommends policies for encouraging wider awareness of the theory. (PGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington