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Many communities have replaced top-down, highly centralized educational structures with a decentralized model in which decisions are made at the school level. This concept relies on broad participation and support from the school personnel and the community. However, the effort to decentralize schools often faces opposition. This problem can be overcome by setting clear expectations, establishing definite goals, promoting social interaction, and exerting control over the work environment. A study of one school district in Lancaster, Ohio, in the early stages of implementing site-based decision making examined the attitudes of teachers and administrators toward change. The first stage of the study statistically analyzed voting by administrators and teachers on site-based decision making. The second phase involved interviewing teachers about their attitudes and experiences with the new organizational structure. Findings revealed that elementary school teachers were slightly more supportive of site-based decision making than secondary school teachers. A few teachers said that larger school size hindered implementation efforts. In general, teachers supported site-based decision making but had concerns over its implementation. Past decision-making structures and other factors also influenced teachers' views of site-based decision making. (Contains 14 references.) (JPT)

Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Participative Decision Making, Program Implementation, Public Schools, School Based Management, Teacher Attitudes

Autor: Gips, Crystal J.; Wilkes, Maria

Fuente: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=11279&id=ED361896

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