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Parental participation in school councils in Victoria, Australia

Benjamin Y.M. Chan (Chairman, Department of Educational Administration and Policies, Faculty of Education, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
Hong Sheung Chui (President, Hang Seng School of Commerce, Hong Kong)

International Journal of Educational Management

ISSN: 0951-354X

Article publication date: 1 June 1997

Abstract

Presents a study which investigated how school councils operate in the Australian state of Victoria and how parent councillors participate in the affairs of the school council. Data were collected through a questionnaire survey on 172 schools, as well as visits to schools and attendance at school council meetings. Proposes a theoretical model linking personal, institutional and community‐related factors to the successful operation of the school council. Uses data collected in the survey to test and confirm the model by using structural modelling analysis. Concludes that most of the parent councillors are relatively highly educated and the working class is under‐represented in school councils. Finds several factors to be positively associated with successful operation of school councils: the readiness of and mutual acceptance between parents and teachers; commitment of principal; parents’ satisfaction with their participation; and parents’ contribution and donations to the school.

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Chan, B.Y.M. and Sheung Chui, H. (1997), "Parental participation in school councils in Victoria, Australia", International Journal of Educational Management, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 102-110. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513549710163998

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