ERIC Number: ED455922
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Circle of Influence: Implementing Shared Decision Making and Participative Management. The Director's Toolbox: A Management Series for Early Childhood Administrators.
Bloom, Paula Jorde
Based on the view that participative management is essential for high-quality child care program functioning, this book for child care administrators presents participative management as a philosophy and as a set of behaviors defining interactions with people. The book provides opportunities to explore management techniques involving others in critical decisions affecting their job satisfaction and professional fulfillment. The chapters are: (1) "Introduction," including exercises to assess one's own situation related to decision making; (2) "What Is Participative Management and Why Is It Important?" (3) "The First Step: Looking Within"; (4) "A Framework for Shared Decision Making"; (5) "The Decision-Making Process"; (6) "Participative Management: Getting Started"; (7) "Case Studies: Collaboration in Action"; (8) "Strategies That Encourage Participation"; (9) "Avoiding the Pitfalls of Collaboration"; and (10) "A Final Word," delineating the positives and negatives of participative management and the importance of distinguishing collaboration from congeniality. Three appendices contain a questionnaire on decision-making influence and a scoring key, and a blueprint for decision-making for a child development center. (Contains 28 sources for further reading.) (KB)
Descriptors: Administrators, Case Studies, Change Strategies, Early Childhood Education, Educational Administration, Educational Philosophy, Empowerment, Participative Decision Making, Teacher Administrator Relationship
New Horizons Educational Consultants and Learning Resources, P.O. Box 863, Lake Forest, IL 60045-0863 ($14.95). Tel: 847-295-8131; Fax: 847-295-2968.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A