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ERIC Number: EJ783826
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 21
School Council Member Perceptions and Actual Practice of School Councils in Rural Schools
Pharis, Thomas; Bass, Randall V.; Pate, James L.
Rural Educator, v26 n2 p33-38 Win 2005
In a time of growing interest in accountability, sharing school governance with parents, teachers, the community, and business leaders has become a norm. School councils or advisory groups have become a requirement for schools in many states. This research examined school council members' perceptions of issues addressed by the councils and council effectiveness in rural Georgia. Additionally, this research examined the relationship between council members' perceptions of school council effectiveness among council member constituent groups and the difference between council members' perceptions of issues addressed and actual issues addressed. The research identified factors school council members believed to be important for school council effectiveness. The data were gathered through a survey of school council members in the forty-one county Valdosta State University service area. Actual issues addressed were obtained through a content analysis of school council minutes. Implications for educational practice in rural schools included a process of involving of a variety of constituents in policy making at the school level in an attempt to improve student academic performance and principals hold the key to council effectiveness.
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Educational Practices, School Councils, Content Analysis, Program Attitudes, Governing Boards, Advisory Committees, School Surveys, Organizational Effectiveness, Elementary Schools
National Rural Education Association. Rural Educator, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 4505 Maryland Parkway Box 453002, Las Vegas, NV 89154-3002. Tel: 702-895-3478; Fax: 702-895-3492; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.unlv.edu/journals/ruraleducator/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia