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The role of school boards, their governance practices and sense of effectiveness in suburban, urban, and rural settings in the United States


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Abstract (summary)

This study examined the attitudes school board members have toward nine components of governance and their relationship to board effectiveness in suburban, urban, and rural settings of the United States. The governance practices under investigation were teamwork, financial planning, financial management, financial analysis, policy orientation, academic assessment, curriculum evaluation, curriculum investment, and technology investment. School board members were asked to describe how their perceptions of school board service changed and what actual changes they experienced since they were first elected. The role of school board members in suburban, urban, and rural districts was compared. The study was limited to two city, suburban, and rural districts selected within regional proximity to each other in each of 50 states, totaling 300 boards of education.

This nationwide study portrays the uniqueness of school boards in their particular settings and illuminates the commonalities among boards across suburban, urban, and rural environments.

The results of a regression analysis indicated a circle of influence for the governance factors of financial planning, financial analysis, financial management, teamwork, academic assessment, and policy orientation to board effectiveness. Fifty-two percent of board effectiveness is associated with these factors. There are few tools for boards to use to self-evaluate that have been validated as predictors of school board effectiveness. This study provides a self-evaluation model for measuring successful school board governance as described by board members across the nation in suburban, urban, and rural settings.

Indexing (details)


Subject
School administration
Classification
0514: School administration
Identifier / keyword
Education; Effectiveness; Governance; Rural education; School board; School boards; Suburban; Urban education
Title
The role of school boards, their governance practices and sense of effectiveness in suburban, urban, and rural settings in the United States
Author
Chen, Judith Applewhite
Number of pages
128
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
1395
Source
DAI-A 68/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549399155
Advisor
Manley, Robert
University/institution
Dowling College
University location
United States -- New York
Degree
Ed.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3295358
ProQuest document ID
304833888
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304833888/abstract
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