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ERIC Number: ED421753
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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The School Council: An Administrator's Friend or Foe.
Benson, Dawn
This paper explores the results of a study about the interaction between parents and principals throughout British Columbia and Ontario, Canada. For the study, 25 schools and parent councils were involved, and examples from 11 parents are included here. These parents describe school councils operating in a "friendship,""foe," or "evolving" relationship with their school administrator. The paper examines changing legislation that gives parents the authority to form Parent Advisory Councils so that they may advise school boards, school administrators, and school staffs; the use of narrative inquiry; efforts on building a community of leaders; difficult relationships between parents and educators; good relationships between parents and educators; and the evolution of parent involvement. A rationale is developed for the inclusion of parents, as well as a relationship or friendship involving a "true dialogue" between the school administrator and the school council. The paper concludes that a school council of friends can have a powerful impact on the school community and thereby a positive impact on the students of the school. (Contains 32 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada