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ERIC Number: ED421783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 45
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Examining One High School's Restructuring Efforts within "Garbage Can" Decision Making Theory.
Shindler, John V.
A study examined decision making within one large urban high school's restructuring efforts, using an emergent qualitative case-study design. Data, collected over a 2-year period, included formal and informal interviews, participant and nonparticipant observations, surveys, and documents. Results of data analysis supported matching the "garbage can" decision-making model to conditions of restructuring. Eight study conclusions were supported: (1) initiating restructuring created the conditions of "organized anarchy," characterized by unclear goals, fluid participation, and uncertain technology; (2) "garbage can" decision factors--problems, solutions, participation, and choice opportunities--seemed to operate interdependently and potentiated one another; (3) all four factors needed to be present for a decision to be made; (4) the frequency of decision-making activity increased in the early stages of restructuring, and at the peak of activity, decisions tended to be determinant and lasting; (5) leadership behavior was a mitigating factor in the amount of organized anarchy; (6) participant involvement was affected by context factors within any given restructuring activity; (7) participant involvement varied based on timing factors; and (8) participants had varying purposes for their involvement. Five implications for theory and practice are discussed. (Contains 43 references.) (Author/MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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