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ERIC Number: ED025480
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 6
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School Faculty Meetings--An Interaction Analysis.
Crispin, David B.; Peterson, R. Duane
Two studies were conducted to determine the relationship between the principal's behavior and the teachers' behaviors during faculty meetings. The pilot study (conducted in the Wabash Valley) tested the hypothesis that the more indirect (willingly sharing authority with the teachers, incorporating their ideas) the principal's behavior is, the more supportive (willingly cooperative, participating) teachers' behaviors (behaviors of the individuals) will be. Graduate students trained in interaction analysis to .90 reliability observed and recorded data for 30 elementary school faculty meetings, 40 to 50 minutes long, held after school to discuss "Utilization of TeacherTime." No correlation was found between principals' and teachers' behaviors; teachers were supportive most of the time, regardless of principals' behaviors. The second study (conducted in metropolitan Detroit) was designed like the first except for the addition of two hypotheses: (1) The more indirect the principal's behavior the more supportive will be the group behavior. (2) The more indirect the principal's behavior the greater will be the amount of participation on the part of teachers. Statistical analysis of the data rejected all three hypotheses. It was concluded that although other research evidence reveals that teachers have some strong, negative attitudes regarding faculty meetings, such attitudes are not apparent from teachers' behaviors during faculty meetings. (SG)
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Identifiers: Indiana; Michigan; Michigan (Detroit); Wabash River Valley
Note: Repor"ed at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Convention, Los Angeles, California 1969