ERIC Number: ED357436
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Who Runs the Schools? The Principal's View. Research Report.
School-based management (SBM) varies from school to school but generally involves giving educators, parents, and community members increased responsibility over educational decision making. The "Schools and Staffing Survey" provides information on where decisions are made for three SBM areas: establishing curriculum, hiring new full-time teachers, and setting discipline policy. The 1987-88 School Administrator Questionnaire collected information from 8,580 public school principals on these questions nationwide. Results of the survey showed that the principals believed: school district personnel were most likely to establish curriculum; principals had the most responsibility for hiring teachers; and the school district or principal was most likely to set discipline policy. Principals said that school districts in large urban areas exercise greater decision-making control than those in suburbs or rural areas. In general, the larger the urban area in which the school was located, the less control principals reported they had. In conclusion, the analysis suggests that much decision making takes place at the district level, though principals have considerable influence over hiring teachers; but that studies of SBM need to take into account the types of communities in which schools are located. (JPT)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC. Office of Research.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)