Date Approved

5-15-2003

Embargo Period

5-10-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Administration

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Hurley, Dennis

Subject(s)

Reeds Road Elementary School (Galloway Township, N.J.); School management and organization

Disciplines

Elementary and Middle and Secondary Education Administration

Abstract

This study, conducted in order to determine the effectiveness of the school-based management team, occurred at the Reeds Road Elementary School. An action research design, using both surveys and interviews, assisted in obtaining the data necessary to make an appropriate determination of the initiative's effectiveness in providing staff with more say in school affairs, as well as positively affecting the school's climate. Twenty-two staff members, chosen randomly to best represent all areas of the school's staff population, completed surveys regarding the school-based management team. In addition, six different staff members were also chosen randomly to participate in an interview process. (3 females and 3 males). The results of this study indicate that, despite some areas of concern to staff, the school-based management team does, in fact, provide staff with an outlet to voice their concerns and ideas about various school affairs. The data reflected that the team does seem to enhance the overall atmosphere at the school. This study found that staff appear to hold their school in higher esteem when they feel that they can participate in its governance and that their concerns and ideas will not only be heard but also addressed, as well.

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