ERIC Number: ED397467
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The Limits of Shared Decision-Making. ERIC Digest, Number 108.
Since the 1980s, shared decision making (SDM) has become a significant part of school-reform efforts. Advocates say that SDM will improve student learning, create teacher satisfaction, and develop new forms of leadership. This digest presents an overview of research that investigated whether SDM delivers on these promises. Studies indicate that so far there is little consistent evidence that SDM increases student achievement. Teachers generally report feelings of empowerment and are more likely to support collaborative decisions; however, SDM often creates conflict and difficult negotiations among participants. Principals often experience difficulties in changing their leadership roles and finding a balance between showing support and letting go. These early studies suggest that enthusiasm about SDM should be tempered with realism. (Contains 10 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership Styles, Organizational Climate, Organizational Communication, Participative Decision Making, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Influence, Teacher Role
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.