ERIC Number: ED350689
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Shared Decision Making about What? A Comparison of Schools with and without Teacher Participation. Occasional Paper No. 15.
Weiss, Carol H.
Findings of a study that examined the impact of organizational structures for shared decision making on teacher participation are presented in this paper, with attention to the types of issues that were raised and the nature of changes introduced. A longitudinal study was conducted of 12 high schools in 11 states for an average of 17 months per school. Six schools with shared decision-making (SDM) structures were compared with six schools with traditional administrative structures. Data were derived from interviews with a total of 191 administrators, teachers, and school staff--105 from SDM schools and 86 from traditional schools. Findings suggest that the presence of participatory decision-making structures did not necessarily lead to enhanced teacher creativity; in fact, most faculty attempted to slow down the pace of change. Although teachers' morale improved, their influence on decision-making was usually limited within boundaries determined by the principal. However, shared decision making does provide a forum for teacher-administrator interaction and shared knowledge. Two tables are included. (Contains 16 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, High Schools, Local Issues, Participative Decision Making, School Based Management, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Influence, Teacher Participation, Teacher Role
Harvard Graduate School of Education, The National Center for Educational Leadership, 444 Gutman Library, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138 ($4).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Educational Leadership, Cambridge, MA.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Later version of paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).