ERIC Number: ED360719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
The Role of the Principal in a Shared Decision-Making School: A Critical Perspective.
Johnson, Margaret; Ledbetter, Linda
This paper presents findings of a study that examined the role principals play as schools institute democratic governance structures. During 2.5 years, data were collected through interviews, observations, and document analysis at six schools engaged in a shared decision-making (SDM) project. Findings suggest that for principals to foster SDM in their schools, they need to do more than step back and allow others to speak up. They must support and encourage SDM through creating opportunities for community participation. In addition, school context--the economic background of student populations, the faculty and student turnover rate, and the school/district relationship--affected the school's SDM efforts. It is recommended that school improvement be undertaken at multiple levels. Principals can make a difference in promoting SDM at their individual schools, but efforts at the larger system level are needed to mitigate educational inequalities across school sites. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).