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ERIC Number: ED383044
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
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Democracy, Decentralization and School-Based Management in Spain.
Hanson, E. Mark; Ulrich, Carolyn
This paper presents findings of a study that described and analyzed the first 5 years (1985-90) of the Spanish experience in school-based management (SBM). The Spanish experience is instructive because the country, formerly comprised of independent territories, made a swift and peaceful transition to democracy. As a means of reinforcing the democratization process, local school governance committees made up of elected parents, teachers, and students were established in all public and private state subsidized schools. A significant amount of authority was delegated to the SBM committees, including the authority to elect the school director from teacher-candidates. Data were gathered through document analysis and interviews with teachers, local and regional administrators, and senior Ministry of Education officials. Findings indicate that a considerable gap existed between theory and practice. The School Councils failed to demonstrate a high degree of influence in directing school affairs and the number of teachers willing to run for the directorship declined. A conclusion is that SBM plays an important symbolic role in democratic participation at the local level, but has not demonstrated the anticipated improvement in administrative processes. The practice of SBM can be improved by introducing meaningful incentives to attract teachers to stand for election, establishing requirements for administrative training, opening up the election process to qualified candidates from any school, and delegating additional power to the School Councils. Two tables are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Spain