ERIC Number: ED415262
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
An Analysis of the Relationships between Site Council Resources, Council Practices, and Outcomes.
Bauer, Scott C.; Bogotch, Ira E.
Path analysis was used to test the relationships between the resources provided to site councils in site-based management (such as administrative support for site-based management), council communication and decision making practices, and perceived outcomes in terms of effectiveness and stakeholder satisfaction. Data were collected form 12 schools in a Midwestern city that had implemented site-based management. A survey of council members, including staff, parents, and community members, yielded 133 responses (64%), 87 of which were from elementary schools and 44 from secondary schools. Results of a factor analysis indicated that three factors emerged as aspects of council support, the factors of council capacity, support from higher authorities, and council authority. Three factors, scope, formal structure, and decision-making process, emerged as independent factors related to communication and decision making practices of site-based teams. Three factors related to effectiveness were defined as effectiveness in providing influence, effectiveness in improving decision making, and effectiveness in improving educational services. Factors related to decision making and communications practices had significant direct effects on outcomes, while factors related to the resources provided to site-based teams did not. Resources provided to site councils primarily affected perceived effectiveness and satisfaction through the factors related to site council practices. (Contains 33 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (26th, Memphis, TN, November 12-14, 1997).