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POWER AND PARTICIPATORY DECISION MAKING IN SELECTED ENGLISH SCHOOLS

JAMES A. CONWAY (Associate Professor, Department of Educational Administration, State University of New York at Buffalo. He holds the degrees of M.A.(Columbia), B.A., C.E.A. and Ed.D.(S.U.N.Y., Albany.) Professor Conway has published extensively, particularly in the area of decision making.)

Journal of Educational Administration

ISSN: 0957-8234

Article publication date: 1 January 1978

Abstract

This study attempted to clarify the relationship of power of school heads and participation of English teachers in school decisions. A deliberate sample of eight schools was drawn from the schools in the northwest of England. The major criteria for selection were: size (medium to large); location(urban‐suburban and reasonably accessible from Manchester); and representatives of the types of schools found in that geographic area. A descriptive analysis indicated that English teachers do perceive themselves participating in most decision areas. At a second level of analysis the relationship between status and intensity of participation was computed with r = .544 for the 103 members of staff (p<.001). An implication is that competence is a criterion for status position, leading to involvement and hence power in the social system. The final analysis dealt with implications of use of power from a description of participation patterns. The clusterings found lend credence to the belief that English heads are controlling those areas of power where tangible rewards and punishments are evident. They appear to be supporting participatory management in such other areas as those where teachers do not desire involvement or those which carry minimal expenditure of organizational resources.

Citation

CONWAY, J.A. (1978), "POWER AND PARTICIPATORY DECISION MAKING IN SELECTED ENGLISH SCHOOLS", Journal of Educational Administration, Vol. 16 No. 1, pp. 80-96. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb009789

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