ERIC Number: ED308999
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Pilot School Boards: First Impressions.
Munn, Pamela; Brown, Sally
In September 1988, seven pilot school boards in Dumfries and Galloway Region, Scotland, met for the first time. The pilot scheme sought to learn about the functioning of school boards before they came into statutory existence in the 1989-90 school year. The seven schools represented a cross-section of Regional schools and ranged from a one-teacher elementary school to an academy with about 1,000 students. Board membership comprised parents, teachers, and co-opted members. Initial assessment procedures included questionnaires completed by 27 of 29 parent members, observation of 11 board meetings, interviews with parents, teachers, and administrators involved with school boards, and analysis of board meeting minutes and other relevant documents. Assessment focused on parent members' backgrounds, the experience of board membership to date, training, and election procedures. Major achievements of the pilot scheme's first four months were: (1) demonstrating community interest in the boards; (2) raising parental awareness of board activities through various communication strategies; (3) identification of training needs and dissemination of background information to board members by the Region; (4) establishment of regular patterns of meetings, with good attendance by all concerned; and (5) adaptation of Regional systems to provide the kinds of information that boards need. Problem areas included some parents' feelings that the boards were doing nothing and the absence of semiskilled and unskilled workers on the boards. (SV)
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Elections, Foreign Countries, Group Experience, Parent Background, Parent Participation, Parents, Pilot Projects, Qualitative Research
Scottish Council for Research in Education, 15 John St., Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 8JR.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Scottish Education Dept., Edinburgh.
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)