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ERIC Number: ED420924
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 46
Abstractor: N/A
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Elementary Schools with Mandated or Voluntary School-Site Decision Making: A Multiple Case Perspective.
Seitsinger, Roy M., Jr.
This study explores, from a critical-theory perspective, the relationship of power among stakeholders in either a mandated or voluntary elementary-school-site decision-making body (SSDMB). The purpose is to describe, explain, and clarify complexities regarding the influence exerted by parents on the decision-making process in two selected elementary schools. A case study format is used with a naturalist methodology that includes semistructured interviews, nonparticipant positioned observations, focus groups, and document analysis. Findings suggest: (1) no relative difference between mandated and voluntary school-site decision-making bodies; (2) parent participation in school governance is defined by socioeconomic status; (3) principals remain key to school governance implementation; (4) participating parents do feel more connected and informed, but become trustees of the status quo; and school-size decision-making bodies are not an effective reform strategy. Parents are restricted by their own involvement in the dominant school culture, by authoritarian/administrative state controls, and by effective, organizationally vested principals. There must be a change in the system that addresses conventional organizational thinking. If SSDMBs remain a narcissistic strategy of middle-class populists, schools will not change and a potentially radical strategy will be nullified. Contains 70 references. (MLH/Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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