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ERIC Number: EJ821155
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-1570-0763
School-Parents Relationship in the Era of School-Based Management: Harmony or Conflict?
Nir, Adam E.; Ami, Tzili Ben
Leadership and Policy in Schools, v4 n1 p55-72 Jan 2005
Parents' expectations and demands of schools have traditionally exposed school-level educators to a major difficulty of maintaining a proper balance between parental involvement and intervention with schools. The following study explores how the increase in schools' authority following the introduction of School-Based Management (SBM) in schools and involvement with the community schools' ideology provoke parents' militant behaviors against schools. Questionnaires were administered in the Israeli educational system to 991 parents affiliated with three different groups of elementary schools: 20 SBM schools, 21 community schools and 19 SBM-community schools. Findings show that parents express the highest degree of militancy in terms of their willingness to use sanctions against schools in SBM-community schools. This finding remains stable even when parents' trust and satisfaction with schools are statistically controlled. Taking into consideration the close relations maintained between parents and community schools and schools' extended formal authority following the introduction of SBM, this finding indicates that the SBM-community school combination provokes parents' militancy when they realize that schools capable of meeting their demands are reluctant to do so. It is concluded, therefore, that while SBM intends to empower schools by extending their authority and autonomy, it may lead to the opposite result in different organizational settings. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel