ERIC Number: ED415589
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
School/Community-Based Management Revisited in the Pacific. PREL Briefing Paper.
Across the United States, School/Community-Based Management (SCBM), also called site-based management, is gaining support. The effects of SCBM in some Pacific-region schools are detailed. SCBM arose in response to mandates giving decision-making powers to the people who have to carry out educational initiatives. One evaluation of SCBM implementation in two elementary school in Hawaii revealed that SCBM was being successfully implemented there, with success arising from the process used to work through problems. It is recommended that schools considering SCBM have the principal's unwavering support, that the principal's leadership style be facilitative, and that the climate be collaborative and trusting. External evaluations of other schools in Hawaii that implemented SCBM revealed its significant impact on school decision-making practices, although its effects on school-management practices and autonomy was mixed. A Board of Education survey of 240 participants in a state SCBM conference indicated that consensus-based decision-making appeared to be working well at SCBM schools. SCBM allows schools to respond to the unique personality of their communities, and gives teachers, parents, students, and other community members a larger voice in decision-making at their local schools. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Honolulu, HI.
Identifiers - Location: Hawaii