ERIC Number: ED360695
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
A Descriptive Study of Eight School Improvement Councils in South Carolina.
Monrad, Diane Mahony; Norman, Jean M.
Findings of a study that examined eight South Carolina school-improvement councils (SICs) that were identified as effective are presented in this report. The sample included SICs from two high schools, two middle schools, and four elementary schools that had indicated in a previous survey that they had basic organizational structures, effective functioning, and a positive impact on the school. The study offers a descriptive analysis of SIC organization, functioning, activities, and accomplishments. Methodology included onsite observation; document analysis; and interviews with the principals, the SIC chairperson, the school's teacher of the year, and two or more council members. Findings indicate much diversity exists among the SICs in regard to organizational structure, council functioning, and school or district-level support. Problems faced by the councils include inadequate information, low parental involvement, lack of time and resources, and inadequate member training in effective problem solving. Finally, the capacity of SICs to work effectively on school improvement appears to be related to their developmental maturity. Ten tables and a copy of the consent form are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: South Carolina Univ., Columbia. School of Education.
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina