ERIC Number: EJ1019409
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
"No One Cares about This Community More Than Us": The Role of Listening, Participation, and Trust in a Small Urban District
Schultz, Katherine; McGinn, Kathryn C.
Urban Education, v48 n6 p767-797 Nov 2013
In this research, situated in a small urban district with a state-imposed school board, we analyze participation of community members during a three-year effort to improve schools. Through a qualitative analysis of forms of community engagement, this article offers a framework for understanding participation. We present two overlapping continua of participation by community stakeholders in school board meetings. One continuum focuses on who initiates participation, and a second represents the impact of participation. We conclude that decision making by boards is often complex, reflecting public and private moves that include and exclude stakeholders. Ultimately, participation on school boards involves listening, communication, and trust.
Descriptors: Community Involvement, School Community Relationship, Educational Improvement, Stakeholders, Boards of Education, Urban Schools, Parent Participation, Educational Change, State School District Relationship, Observation, Semi Structured Interviews, Feedback (Response), Organizational Communication, Trust (Psychology), Participative Decision Making, Access to Information, Qualitative Research, Grounded Theory
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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