What Is a Stakeholder in Education? - Definition & Examples

What Is a Stakeholder in Education? - Definition & Examples
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Instructor: Lisa Roundy

Lisa has taught at all levels from kindergarten to college and has a master's degree in human relations.

Each stakeholder in the education system is essential to the success of educational goals. In this lesson, you will learn who is considered a stakeholder in education and why each stakeholder is important.

Who Are Stakeholders in Education?

What is a stakeholder? One might think of a person holding a wooden stake, like the kind driven through the hearts of vampires in folklore. But the word stakeholder refers to a person who has an interest or concern in the organization at hand. So, in terms of education, a stakeholder is someone who has a vested interest in the success and welfare of a school or education system. This includes all parties that are directly affected by the success or failure of an educational system, as well as those indirectly affected.

Examples of Stakeholders in Education

Let's take a moment to brainstorm who some of these stakeholders may be. School board members, administrators, and teachers immediately come to mind. They each want their work to have a positive impact on children, and their jobs are directly affected by the success of the school system. Parents desire a successful education system for their children, while the students themselves have an interest in receiving a good education. It's also easy to imagine the influence the education system has on government officials, like city councilors and state representatives, as voters may base their decisions on the way such officials support the school system.

In fact, the community as a whole is a stakeholder in its education system. This is because local schools educate future employees, business owners, and community leaders. A solid education program builds a stronger community by better preparing its students to be successful community members.

Since all members of a community are stakeholders in its education system, you may be wondering how each individual stakeholder is important. Every different stakeholder plays a different, significant role in support of the education system. Let's explore those roles.

The Roles of Various Stakeholders

Let's use an example to illustrate how different stakeholders in education interact for the benefit of a school system. Say that the local school board wants to foster a greater interest in science and technology among students in the school district. The board passes a resolution requesting that each school in the district develop a program that will meet this goal, and along with administration, works to raise funds for such programs. How do the other stakeholders fit into this goal?

School administrators, such as the superintendent and principals, support the goal of the school board by developing a plan of action to meet the board's expectations. Let's say one school plans to provide a monthly science-and-technology night for students and their families.

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