Determinants of policy-making orientation of school board members in Texas

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Title: Determinants of policy-making orientation of school board members in Texas
Author: Murdock, Janice T
Abstract: Scholarly attention to the role of boards of education has been intermittent , fragmented , and generally more concerned with details of practice than policy . It has been only since the middle of the 20th century that research has been focused on the governance of schools . From a normative perspective , school boards set policy and leave the daily management of the school district and individual schools to the professional administrators , teachers and staff Often times , however , school boards become involved in the administrative function as well as policy -making . The policy perspective that a school board assumes in exercising its legal responsibilities is referred to as its policy orientation . Research indicates that the policy -making orientation of school boards is two -dimensional : professional and political . Although these two dimensions have dominated the limited amount of research in the area of school board decision -making , a priori reasoning , as well as insights gained from interviews with school board members , suggested that there may be , at least , a third dimension ; i .e . , personal judgment . A two -dimension construct of policy -making orientation may be limiting given the complexity of the decision -making process engaged in by school board members . It is thought that the policy -making orientation of school board members is dependent upon specific demographic variables and may be situational based on the issues of curriculum , finance and personnel . Therefore , this study attempted to answer the following research question : Is the policy -making orientation of individual school board members dependent upon the demographic variables of age , gender , race , level of education , size of community , presently (or in the past ) having children in the district from which they are elected , length of time served on the board , and method of election with respect to the policy issues of curriculum , finance , and personnel ? The data were collected using the "School Board Policy -Making Orientation Instrument" and were analyzed to determine if the policy -making orientation of Texas school board members was dependent upon the specified demographic variables . It was hypothesized that the policy -making orientation of Texas school board members was independent of the specified demographic variables with respect to the policy issues of curriculum , finance and personnel . Independent variables were : age , gender , race , level of education , size of community , presently (or in the past ) having children in the district from which they are elected , length of time served on the board and method of election . The dependent variable was policy -making orientation (professional , political , and personal judgment ) . A chi -square statistical procedure was used to analyze the data in order to test for independence . The study found that the policy -making orientation of school board members is independent of the demographic variables and is , indeed , situational , based upon curriculum , financial and personnel issues . Implications for further study include examining value variables including attitudes and beliefs about specific policy issues . It is recommended that the investigation of demographic variables be abandoned .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /15518
Date: 1995-05

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Determinants of policy-making orientation of school board members in Texas. Doctoral dissertation, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /15518 .

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