Decision-Making in Australian High Schools

Mulford, Bill; Kendall, Lawrie; Kendall, Diana; Hogan, David; Lamb, Stephen
September 2001
International Studies in Educational Administration;2001, Vol. 29 Issue 3, p51
Academic Journal
Effective decision-making has emerged in the literature as an important early key to successful high school reform. However, doubts have been expressed that moves to school-based management have affected the quality of decision-making in high schools, especially as it relates to widespread as opposed to narrow involvement and educational compared with administrative matters. This article examines the decision-making process in high schools in one Australian state as perceived by principals, teachers, and school council members. As with earlier work in primary schools, it was found that the more positively teachers viewed the decision-making processes in the school, the higher the degree of influence and control they perceived to be exerted by education staff groups in the school. However, the results of the study also suggest that high schools have some way to go in improving the quality and personalisation of relationships that forms the tap-root of good schooling.


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