Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph. D.

Department (Legacy)

Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Human Resource Education

Committee Chair

Petrosko, Joseph M., 1947-

Author's Keywords

School-based decision-making; Benefits of school-based decision making; Teachers perceptions; Costs of school-based decision-making; School-based; Decision-making; Committee


Teachers--Attitudes; Teachers--Psychology; School-based management--Kentucky--Louisville


The purpose of this study was to identify teachers' perceptions of the costs and benefits of participating in a school-based decision-making process. These costs to teachers are increased time demands, loss of autonomy, risk of collegial disfavor, subversion of collective bargaining, and threats to career advancement. The benefits include: feeling of self-efficacy, workplace democracy, and ownership. The study also determined the relationship between selected variables that were developed through a review of the literature, and teacher members' perceptions of the costs and benefits of participating on a decision-making council. Approximately 400 teacher members of SBDM councils Jefferson County Public Schools were surveyed via Survey Monkey website. The response rate was approximately 40%. The results indicated that one of the main factors that affect teachers' perception of SBDM is the principal's leadership style.