Date of Award

12-1993

Degree Name

Doctor of Education

Department

Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

First Advisor

Dr. Patrick M. Jenlink

Second Advisor

Dr. Charles Warfield

Third Advisor

Dr. David M. Blomquist

Abstract

The purpose of this study was (a) to investigate if differences exist in stakeholder perceptions of barriers to implementing shared decision-making (SDM), and (b) to investigate if differences exist in stakeholder perceptions across the following constructs of shared decision- making: empowerment, leadership, motivation, organizational culture, accountability, and learning organizations. Randomly selected members from the stakeholder categories of: parents, board of education members, superintendents, principals, and teachers, were the sample (N = 100). Stakeholder perception was compared on a composite score of the survey instrument. Perceptions were also compared across the six constructs of SDM for each of the stakeholder categories. Seventy-three respondents completed the Shared Decision-Making Survey Instrument (SDMSI) which was designed by the researcher via an expert panel. Stakeholder response to individual survey questions and demographic influences were also sought.

Research Question 1, concerned with what differences exist in the perceived barriers to shared decision-making between the stakeholder categories, was tested by analyzing data using one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) with alpha level at .05 level of significance. The findings did not provide enough evidence to reject the null Hypothesis 1 of no difference.

Research Question 2, concerned with what differences exist in stakeholder perception across the following constructs of shared decision- making: empowerment, leadership, motivation, organizational culture, accountability, and learning organizations, was tested by analyzing data using one-way analysis of variance (ANOVA) with alpha level at .05 level of significance. The findings did not provide enough evidence to reject the null Hypotheses 2 through 6 of no difference.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access