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ERIC Number: EJ952336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0032-0684
School Advisory Council Demography: Birds of a Feather
Greenlee, Bobbie J.
Planning and Changing, v41 n1-2 p1-17 2010
This study examines the demographics of SACs and the schools they serve, and proposes that demographic similarity with the school principal influences the SAC membership. The findings draw attention to the likelihood that appointment to SAC chair may be contingent on an individual's demographic similarity with the school principal. Principals also show a preference for recruiting council members who are school employees and structure the membership in ways that create a pretense of compliance with rules on council composition. These findings are consistent with studies which suggest that leadership will favor individuals with similar attitudes and demographic characteristics (Tajfel & Turner, 1986). The challenge of increasing diversity in school advisory councils lies not only in policy mandates of race representation, but also in understanding and managing the dynamics of group composition. (Contains 6 tables.)
Department of Educational Administration and Foundations. College of Education, Illinois State University, Campus Box 5900, Normal, IL 61790-5900. Tel: 309-438-2399; Fax: 309-438-8683; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida