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ERIC Number: ED403643
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 34
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A Study of Shared Governance and Its Implications for South Gwinnett High School's School Improvement Initiative.
Phillips, Michael R.
Shared governance is an educational philosophy that offers local school personnel the opportunity to share in decision making and improve educational quality through local control. Gwinnett County (Georgia) is currently implementing school-improvement councils that will operate according to the principles of shared governance. This paper presents findings of a study that explored the Gwinnett High School faculty's receptiveness toward shared governance. Data were gathered through a survey of 110 faculty members that elicited 92 responses; interviews conducted with 18 teachers; and observation. The data indicate that faculty members felt a sense of responsibility for the school. They liked the idea of shared decision making, and many reported that they participated in the decision-making process. Seventy percent said that they would like to be involved with the development, implementation, and evaluation of the high school's curriculum. However, only 54 percent expressed an interest in participating in developing the school's budget. Only 50 percent of the faculty wanted to be involved with recruiting and selecting teachers, while 66 percent expressed interest in selecting administrators. Finally, only 57 percent were willing to be a member of a school-improvement council that would be held accountable for school improvement, although 71 percent indicated that they were willing to be held accountable for decisions made through a shared process. Fourteen tables are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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