ERIC Number: ED409630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Creating a Level Playing Field: Structuring Shared Decision Making To Promote Authentic Dialogue.
Research has shown that among the obstacles to success in implementing shared decision making is finding ways to negotiate the inherent power differentials and traditional role expectations among the various stakeholders. This paper describes the methods developed by district-level planning teams to "even the playing field" and to promote authentic dialogue among stakeholders on their teams. District planning teams were charged with designing comprehensive shared-decision-making policies that they felt would work best in their districts. Twenty design teams from 20 New York school districts developed "rules of the game" that first allowed them to equalize power relations and then to develop methods they felt would promote true shared decision making at the school level. The teams engaged in a structured participatory action-research process to develop and address a set of key questions to guide their site-based-management processes. The planning teams developed guidelines in response to key questions in the areas of focus, scope, structure, process, and support. One table is included. (Contains 70 references). (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).