ERIC Number: EJ789367
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Reference Count: N/A
Democratizing School Authority: Brazilian Teachers' Perceptions of the Election of Principals
Myers, John P.
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v24 n4 p952-966 May 2008
The idea of collective decision making in schools has been a popular democratic educational reform model. One of its claims is that participation in school decision making empowers teachers and improves teaching. This research investigates this claim by exploring seven teachers' experiences with a unique democratic school reform in Porto Alegre, Brazil, the election of principals by teachers, students, parents, and staff. Results showed that the elections reshaped the school authority relations, resulting in greater freedom for teachers to introduce democratic teaching methods, while articulating the school as a democratic institution and teachers as citizens.
Descriptors: School Restructuring, Elections, Educational Change, Participative Decision Making, Foreign Countries, Principals, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes, Democratic Values, Teacher Role, Educational Environment, Power Structure, Educational Philosophy, Teacher Empowerment, Personnel Selection, Developing Nations
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Brazil