ERIC Number: EJ1017664
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
A School Council's Experience with School Improvement: A Saskatchewan Case Study
Preston, Jane P.
International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives, v11 n2 p63-80 2012
Based on a qualitative case study conducted within one Saskatchewan (Canada) rural community, the purpose of this article is to describe the challenges a school council faced when supporting a school improvement plan. The primary data for the study were 35 semi-structured individual interviews conducted with school council members, teachers, and community members. Findings indicated that the school council policy, which mandated that its members assist in the development and promotion of a Learning Improvement Plan, was mismatched with what the participants viewed as valuable forms of community involvement in school. Analysis through social capital theory spotlighted an inverse link between supporting the Ministry of Education's goals and developing trust within volunteer groups. A core implication of the study is that promoting local forms of community involvement in school nurtures beneficial, nonthreatening relationships between the school and parent/community members.
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Foreign Countries, Semi Structured Interviews, Teacher Attitudes, Case Studies, Qualitative Research, Social Capital, Social Theories, Trust (Psychology), School Community Relationship, Parent School Relationship, Administrator Attitudes, Advisory Committees, School Councils
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Canada