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ERIC Number: ED424644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 53
Abstractor: N/A
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Do School Councils Matter?
Leithwood, Kenneth; Jantzi, Doris; Steinbach, Rosanne
In 1995, the Ontario government required the establishment of school councils. Although the government provided guidance, little of its information was based on systematic knowledge that is problem-focused, applied, and empirical. To fill that need, a study sought to estimate the nature and extent of influence of councils on schools several years after implementation. The study was designed to describe the group processes that distinguish those school councils that influence schools and classrooms from those that do not. This paper describes the forms and sources of leadership that contribute significantly to the effective functioning of school councils and examines evidence on school councils, the nature of council effects on students and teachers, the conditions accounting for school council effects, council decision-making processes, and school council leadership. For the study a three-stage research design was used to achieve the five objectives under consideration. The results indicate that school councils do not add value to the empowerment of parents, the technical work of schools, or the development of students. In terms of effectiveness, evidence from the study suggests that, at best, the influence of councils on school and classroom practices is unlikely to be more than mildly positive. (Contains approximately 70 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada