ERIC Number: ED462491
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Decentralization and Participatory Decision-Making: Implementing School-Based Management in the Abbott Districts.
Walker, Elaine M.
Research Brief, v1 n1 Dec 2000
This study examined issues faced during implementation of school-based management (SBM) in New Jersey's special needs or Abbott districts, using a literature review, surveys of K-12 schools, and focus groups with central office administrators. The study examined forms of SBM, team operations, local autonomy versus state power, skills required to ensure legitimate participation, and administrators' understanding of the decentralization process. New Jersey created a model that most closely approximated a balanced control form of SBM. Teams believed that their membership was committed and that individual interests did not supersede team goals. Conflict among members did not hinder their ability to operate effectively. About one-third were unclear about their roles and responsibilities. The School Review and Improvement (SRI) team played an extensive regulatory role in decentralization. Teams reported high levels of dissatisfaction with SRI support. Very few teams included members who had prior involvement in the areas for which they were responsible. Districts were not adverse to the devolving of authority to local sites and endorsed the process, though they cited several problem areas. Eight policy considerations are listed (e.g., the need to establish a formal collaborative agreement between the State Department of Education and all major players). (Contains 30 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Decentralization, Elementary Secondary Education, Participative Decision Making, Public Schools, School Based Management, Teamwork
For full text: http://www.state.jn.us/njded/abbotts/eval/cull.shtml.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Seton Hall Univ., South Orange, NJ. Center for Urban Leadership, Renewal and Research.
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey