Journal of Basic Education

Decision Making in Funds Utilization in Primary Schools: A Case Study

1994.第5卷第1期(Vol. 5 No. 1).pp. 63–73

Decision Making in Funds Utilization in Primary Schools: A Case Study


Wing-Ming CHEUNG(張永明)


Schools in the present school-based management movement are given a high degree of autonomy in funds utilization. The quality of related decision is therefore crucial to the effective functioning of schools. Responding to this, the present study aims to investigate the decision making process of funds utilization in primary schools. The sample of this case study is 5 aided primary schools, each with unique characteristics. Three different types of decision making process in funds utilization were identified. The first type is a very strict control decision making process without communication between the school heads and teachers. The second one is typified by a considerable degree of communication between the head and teachers prior to arriving at the final decisions. The last one is a loosely planned decision making process in which the head does not plan nor invites planning. All spendings are resulted from ad hoc requests of teachers. It is hoped that the findings of the study may provide insights for school administrators to reflect and choose their own decision making style in the present school-based management movement.