Shared Decision-Making Survey

Shared Decision-Making Survey

King, R. L., and Meshanko, E. J. (1992). Shared decision making in schools: The locus of control. Paper presented at Association of Teacher Educators. Mimeo.

Comments: The survey assesses the degree of involvement of teachers in shared decision making within a school district. It is based on the question: Do teachers have a high personal stake in the decision? The assumption is made that if they have a personal involvement, interest in participation will be high. The survey is based on the literature, philosophy, and research that proposes that it is desirable for teacher participation in decision making in education as well as the corporate world. Corollary terms upon which this survey is based are: school-site management, school- based management, decentralized management, and shared governance.

Sample: The study was based on a stratified random sample that selected nine school districts from 499 in the state of Pennsylvania. All teachers, principals, and school board members responded to the survey. This was 1,935 teachers, 77 principals, and 81 school board members.

Reliability: Reliability estimate was 0.87. Type of reliability was not indicated.


Marcoline, J. F. (1990). A survey of shared decision-making in Pennsylvania: Comparing teacher and administrative perceptions. PhD dissertation, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Meshanko, E. (1990). Teacher decision-making: An analysis of teachers, principals, and school board members perspectives. PhD dissertation, Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Shared Decision-Making Survey

Section I

1. Hiring a faculty member.
2. Selecting new textbooks.
3. Setting or revising school goals.
4. Determine faculty assignments.
5. Determine faculty evaluation procedures.
6. Determine classroom discipline policies.
7. Determine faculty schedules.
8. Determine budget priorities.
9. Determine staff development programs.
10. Determine grading policies.

Scoring: Indicate the extent that teachers in your school district actually participate in the above situations: Not partici- pate = 1; Provide or gather information = 2; Suggest possible alternative decisions = 3; Recommend a decision = 4; and Make the decision = 5.

Section II

11. Hiring a new faculty member.
12. Selecting new textbooks.
13. Setting or revising school goals.
14. Determine faculty.
15. Determine faculty evaluation procedures.

16. Determine classroom discipline policies.
17. Determine faculty schedules.
18. Determine budgeting priorities.
19. Determine staff development programs.
20. Determine grading policies.

Scoring: Please indicate the extent that teachers in your school district would like to participate in these situations: (see previous response scale).

Section III

21. Hiring a new faculty member.
22. Selecting new textbooks.
23. Setting or revising school goals.
24. Determine faculty assignments.
25. Determine faculty evaluation procedures.
26. Determine classroom discipline policies.
27. Determine faculty schedules.
28. Determine budgeting priorities.
29. Determine staff development programs.
30. Determine grading policies.

Scoring: To the extent that teachers are involved in shared decision making, it indicates the procedure that allows for this involvement: No involvement = 1; Informal discussions with administrators = 2; Formal committees organized as the need arises = 3; Ongoing formal committee structure without board policy = 4; and Board policy for shared decision making = 5.