ERIC Number: ED386827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Principals' Skills and Knowledge for Shared Decision Making.
Peterson, Kent D.; And Others
Many schools across the United States are attempting to implement some form of decentralization and shared decision making. This paper identifies some of the challenges associated with implementing school-based decision making and describes ways in which some schools and their principals have dealt effectively with them. Three particular challenges face principals when implementing school-based decision making: (1) developing a clear, shared educational vision; (2) developing effective decision-making and governance processes; and (3) building well functioning teams. Findings of a study of site-based, shared decision making in 24 schools--the School Restructuring Study (SRS)--elaborates on these three problems. Suggestions for improving the implementation of shared decision making, based on SRS findings, include: increase staff/administrator interaction and dialogue; appoint key members who keep the focus on the school's mission; and participate in systematic training programs. (Contains 10 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center on Organization and Restructuring of Schools, Madison, WI.