Title: The meaning of teacher unions in school administration; the Belgian case
Authors: Verhoeven, Jef # ×
Issue Date: 1992
Conference: ESRC Field Research Seminar location:University of Warwick (UK) date:5 March 1992
Abstract: Research has shown that national teacher unions (TUs) had influence on the national education policy. In this paper is investigated whether local TUs influence local school policy and what strategies are applied. On the base of field work in twelve Belgian secondary schools, three issues are analized: first, the position of the TUs; second, the duties of the union and their represen-tatives; and third, the union strategies to influence school policy. Three union strategies emerged: 1) the strategies of the hopeless or a non-strategy, 2) the strategies of mutual understanding, and 3) the strategies of formal union control. These strategies were countered by two strategies of the heads: 1) make all teachers policy makers, and 2) make the union your ally. The research also shows that schools with a strong participatory decision making structure do not always coincide with union participation in the decision making.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Centre for Sociological Research
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