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ERIC Number: ED432028
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
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Site-Based Decision-Making in Schools.
Yanitski, Norman William
This paper analyzes the nature of site-based decision making in Canadian schools. Its purpose is to refine theory on how site-based decision-making (SBDM) processes develop between the principal and the various stakeholders and to offer recommendations regarding how practitioners might proceed to enhance the collaborative decision-making process. Semistructured interviews were administered to 12 respondents from an elementary school, a junior-high school, and a senior-high school in a large Alberta suburban and rural district. The sample included the principal, two teachers, and the school council chairperson from the three schools. The findings indicate that the stage at which the participants are functioning in SBDM is important. The leadership style of the principal was a key factor in the success of SBDM; principals who shared information and were open, trustworthy, nonjudgmental, professionally ethical, and sensitive to multiple stakeholder views were considered to be effective leaders. The research uncovered six modes of information sharing: (1) one-on-one discussion with the principal, a colleague, or parent; (2) committee work; (3) survey; (4) participation at departmental meetings; (5) participation at staff meetings; and (6) participation at school-council meetings. SBDM required a higher commitment of time and emotion, and trust was an essential element in effective SBDM. Contains 22 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada