ERIC Number: ED311542
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Oct-31
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Incipient Studies of School-Based Decision Groups.
Hunt, John J.
To address the effectiveness, the process, and the results of decisionmaking groups that include both administrators and teachers, and to discern the difference between the effective and less effective decisionmaking groups, 107 test groups, each composed of one Florida elementary school principal and two teachers from the same school, were studied. A computer mimetics game placed each group, working alone, into the principalship of an elementary school with the assignment to expend existing resources so as to improve the fourth-grade achievement scores. Data concerning the fictional school, its teachers, the students, and the community were provided. Also provided were effective schools research information that could potentially improve the scores and a cost potential in staff time and/or allocated dollars. A total of 437 person-hours of the game were collected for analysis. Results indicate that the decision groups passed through at least three distinct decision phases. The effective decision groups exhibited characteristics that were different from the less effective groups. In addition, the effective groups appeared to mature into a different pattern than the ineffective groups. Implications suggest that the education of an interdependent decision group requires relevant pre- and in-service training of both school principals and teachers. (11 references) (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Florida