ERIC Number: ED318123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Factoring In Empowerment: Participatory Decisionmaking in West Virginia Exemplary Schools.
Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.; West Virginia Education Association, Charleston.
Because schools must still respond to federal reporting requirements while exercising greater responsibility for funding and administering local programs that were once under state and federal administration, and because of the increased public outcry for local accountability, many school districts have maintained large central administrative staffs and reduced teaching staffs. Research on effective schools indicates, however, that the most important unit for true change is the individual school. This document examines the relationship between greater recognition for effective schools and increased teacher involvement in the decisions that contribute to that excellence. The West Virginia Education Association and the Appalachian Education Laboratory (WVEA-AEL) surveyed the principals and teachers of the 68 elementary, middle, and secondary schools recognized as exemplary since 1982 by the West Virginia Department of Education. The response rate was approximately 39 percent. Findings from both teachers and principals indicate significantly greater teacher involvement in decisionmaking than commonly reported in the literature. It appears that, in the process of achieving exemplary school status, the faculties of the schools embraced collaborative decisionmaking strategies. The WVEA-AEL survey respondents, the survey, and the percentage of teachers' and principals' responses are appended. The bibliography contains 138 references. (KM)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Organizational Development, Participative Decision Making, School Based Management, Teacher Influence, Teacher Participation, Teamwork
Publications, Appalachia Educational Laboratory, Inc., P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.; West Virginia Education Association, Charleston.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia