Rational for and Advantages of School Based Management
Herman, J., & Herman, J. (1993) School Based Management:
Current Thinking and Practice. Springfield, IL: Charles
C. Thomas. The book looks at the origins of support
for decentralization, the rationals for school based
management, and the advantages of the model.
Herman and Herman (1993,p7) cite J.J. Herman who suggested
the following as rationales for SBM:
- The best way to ensure improvement in education outcomes
is to focus on the individual school building.
- The key instructional leader is the principal.
- Business and industry want schools to improve in
order that workers will be more productive, which will
improve the competitiveness of business.
- An under educated populace, dropouts, is an expensive
drain on government finances.
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- There is political pressure for restructuring schools.
Herman and Herman (1993, p7) cited AASA (1998) for a
list of the advantages of SBM. SBM:
- draws on the expertise and competence of those who work
in schools to make decisions to improve learning;
- gives teachers, staff, and community increased input
- improves moral as staff see they can have an immediate
impact on their environment;
- shifts the emphasis of staff development, since teachers
are directly involved in determining what they need;
- focuses the accountability for decisions;
- brings both financial and instructional resources in
line with instructional goal
li>provides better services and programs to students;
- nurtures new leaders at all levels;
- and increases the quality and quantity of communication,
of which more is likely to be informal such as face
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