PROFESSIONAL AND LAY GROUP PERCEPTIONS OF ADVISORY COUNCIL PARTICIPATION IN DECISION-MAKING IN NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

MICHAEL RAYMOND CIOFFI, Fordham University

Abstract

The purpose of this investigation was to determine and compare the degree of participation in the decision-making process of Title I E.S.E.A. (1965) programs and projects relative to five decision-making activities: (1) educational needs assessments; (2) project selection; (3) collaborative planning; (4) financial management of reimbursables; and (5) program evaluation and implementation as perceived by educational professionals such as district superintendents, principals of Title I schools, and teachers of Title I pupils, in comparison with non-professional personnel such as district parent advisory council members, community school board chairpersons, parents of Title I pupils, and chaIRpersons of community planning boards in selected New York City elementary schools, intermediate schools, and junior high schools.^ Moreover, this study sought to determine relationships between the perceptions of educational professionals in comparison with non-professional personnel with regard to the degree of participation of council members in the decision-making process of Title I E.S.E.A. (1965) programs and projects, and the variables of age, sex, and years of experience in educational decision-making.^ The subjects of this investigation consisted of a total of 128 respondents including educational professionals and non-professional personnel selected from seven school districts located in the Boroughs of the Bronx and Brooklyn in New York City. The principal instrument utilized for this study was the District Parent Advisory Council Participation Rating Scale designed by the researcher.^ The major conclusions based on the findings of this investigation were as follows: (1) Financial management of reimbursables was rated significantly lower with respect to advisory council decision-making activity by both educational professionals and non-professionals. (2) No significant differences were found between the perceived degrees of participation for educational professionals and non-professional personnel in the five decision-making activities. (3) There were no significant correlations between the variables of age, sex, and years of experience in educational decision-making and perceptions of the degree of participation of district parent advisory council members in the decision-making process of Title I programs and projects relative to the five decision-making activities. ^

Subject Area

Educational administration

Recommended Citation

CIOFFI, MICHAEL RAYMOND, "PROFESSIONAL AND LAY GROUP PERCEPTIONS OF ADVISORY COUNCIL PARTICIPATION IN DECISION-MAKING IN NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS" (1983). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI8308470.
http://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI8308470

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