ERIC Number: ED356524
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
School-Based Management: Strategies for Success.
Wohlstetter, Priscilla; Mohrman, Susan Albers
School-based management (SBM) offers a mechanism to promote school improvement through decentralization. Decentralization can occur only gradually and cannot simply be implemented. The power to make decisions influencing organizational policies must shift to school-based councils comprised of administrators, teachers, parents, community members, and students. The control and use of knowledge, through expansion of job skills, teamwork skills, and organizational skills, should be decentralized. Information should be diffused through systematic strategies for sharing information. Decentralizing reward schemes is critical to motivate individuals to use their enhanced resources of power, knowledge, and information to further reforms. The transition to SBM entails major changes in educational organizations that can threaten participants unless accompanied by a clearly articulated vision, the development of new skills and capabilities in council members, and the provision of adequate time and financial resources. States and school districts must offer encouragement and provide support for a successful transition. (TEJ)
Descriptors: Decentralization, Elementary Secondary Education, Organizational Change, School Based Management, School District Autonomy, School Restructuring, State School District Relationship
Consortium for Policy Research in Education, Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers University, 90 Clifton Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 089001-1568.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Consortium for Policy Research in Education, New Brunswick, NJ.