ERIC Number: ED352514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Dec
Learning Decision Making: Specifications to Guide Processes in Future Comprehensive High Schools.
Pease, Virginia H.; Copa, George H.
Three ways to think about decision making in public high schools are to think about the types of decisions that are made, the approaches to the decision-making process, and the principles underlying decision making. The Design Group for New Designs for the Comprehensive High School refers to a set of principles as design specifications. They have proposed a set of eight design specifications that could guide future approaches to decision making in the comprehensive high school: (1) designs should be deeply rooted in a purpose that is aligned with the vision of the school; (2) decision making should begin at the site of learning, yet be decentered; (3) decisions should make things better for all, not just different for some; (4) decisions are the voice of staff, students, partners, and the broader community; (5) decision making should still be authoritative, not democratic--some decisions are better than others and authority is vested unequally; (6) decision making should have access to the rich resources of all the other partners; (7) decision making should be yes-based rather than no-based, assuming waivers or variances are already under local control or will be granted by the controlling element; and (8) decisions are transitional between traditional and progressive ways of acting. Issues raised include what the existence of a set of design specifications do for an organization and whether specifications can be defended in the global community. (Contains 32 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Educational Development, Educational Objectives, Educational Principles, Educational Quality, Educational Research, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Outcomes of Education, Relevance (Education), Role of Education, School Role, Student Educational Objectives, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research in Vocational Education, Berkeley, CA.
Note: In "New Designs for the Comprehensive High School. Volume II--Working Papers"; see CE 062 664.