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Organizational training and relationship building for increasing public participation in a public school district

dc.contributor.authorPoynton, John, author
dc.contributor.authorVenneberg, Donald, advisor
dc.contributor.authorMakela, Carole, committee member
dc.contributor.authorWallner, Barbara, committee member
dc.contributor.authorCarcasson, Martin, committee member
dc.description2012 Summer.
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.
dc.description.abstractFrom the early twentieth century to the present, citizen participation in U.S. public institutions--particularly schools--has continually decreased. The trend has been linked to the bureaucratization of public schools and their increasing reliance on expert knowledge for solutions to school- and education-related problems. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact of a parent training program designed to increase a school district's capacity for public participation. The program--known as Leadership St. Vrain--provided citizens knowledge about school district operations and management (know-how) and relationship-building opportunities with key decision makers (know-who). The mixed-methods study was designed to include two original survey instruments, follow-up interviews, and archival documents to evaluate the effect of the training on participants. Participants reported strong growth in domains for knowledge, relationship, willingness, efficacy, and action. Follow-up interviews with training participants and parents who served as school Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) presidents, as well as an analysis of archival documents indicated a secondary ripple-effect among PTO members who did not take the training, as well as with other citizens and the larger community.
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dc.format.mediumdoctoral dissertations
dc.publisherColorado State University. Libraries
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dc.subjectcivic engagement
dc.subjectparent engagement
dc.subjectpublic deliberation
dc.subjectpublic education
dc.subjectpublic participation
dc.subjectsocial capital
dc.titleOrganizational training and relationship building for increasing public participation in a public school district
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