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|Title:||An Examination of Models of Decision Making in Six Thai Teachers Colleges|
|Department / Program:||Education|
|Degree Granting Institution:||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|Abstract:||The purpose of this research was to study the three academic governance models--bureaucratic, collegial, and political--in six Thai teachers colleges. This study sought to determine which of the three models of decision making best describes present governance structure of these teachers colleges and also to determine which model is preferred by participants in their organizations. It assumes that the decision processes are influenced both by the level at which decisions are made (administrators, chairpersons, faculty) and by the domain of decisions involved (budget, personnel, educational program, and college-in-general). The perceptions and preferences of the three position groups: administrators, chairpersons, and faculty members on the three models of decision making were analyzed and the four domains of decisions were also studied. Due to the differences among colleges, the governance structures of individual colleges were also analyzed. The effects of demographic information: sex, age, length of service in current position, and academic rank, on perceptions of and preferences for the governance models were examined.
The study indicated that most of the work in six teachers colleges was carried out under bureaucratic and collegial models. College personnel would prefer their institutions to be more bureaucratic and more collegial than they are. The respondents were satisfied with bureaucratic governance. They perceived and preferred politicization of their institutions the least. Administrators and chairpersons tended to perceive and prefer their institutions to be more bureaucratic than did faculty members. Concerning the decision domains, all three position groups, administrators; chairpersons; and faculty members, perceived and preferred them to be more bureaucratic than the other models.
Concerning the respondents in different colleges, the data indicated that the younger the staff in the college, the greater the preference for collegial decisions. Interestingly, respondents in every college did not prefer political activities. They were satisfied with bureaucratic governance and also preferred the collegial model.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1985.
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2014-12-15|