ERIC Number: ED339571
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
The Shifting Format of Administration in Small Schools: Participatory School Decision Making.
Bachus, Gordon S.
This study surveyed teacher's attitudes toward participatory decision making activity. The trend toward school-based management raises the question of whether or not teachers actually want to be involved in management of their schools. Sixty-seven teachers, from small schools taking graduate courses during the 1991 summer session at the Central Missouri State University, responded to the questionnaire. They were asked to indicate their level of interest in being involved in decision making activities associated with 15 selected duties typically performed by principals. Data were summarized in the categories of all teachers, elementary teachers, and secondary teachers. The findings suggest that teachers in small schools do want to participate in decision making. The majority of teachers indicated a desire to be involved in all activities on the questionnaire. Activities attracting the highest level of interest were those that relate to the teacher and the classroom. According to this study, teachers want to be most involved in decisions that affect discipline, curriculum, parents, expenditures, and class size. Responses were less strong in decisions addressing the selection and planning of professional development programming and in-service activities, policies effecting the teacher's schedules, procedures for evaluating lesson plans, evaluation of instruction, and teacher placement and duty assignments. (KS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Rural Education Association (83rd, Jackson, MS, October 10-14, 1991).