ERIC Number: ED036461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
Reference Count: 0
A Sociometric Study of a Junior High School Staff.
Greenberger, Ellen; Sorensen, Annemette
A pilot study was conducted to explore the fruitfulness of sociometric procedures for studying the informal social organization within a school. Subjects were the 69 faculty members of a suburban junior high school which serves a white middle-class community. They were white, 55 percent female and 45 percent male, with an average age of 35. They responded to a sociometric questionnaire indicating the persons (teachers or members of the professional staff) (1) whom they would seek out for advice, (2) whom they liked, and (3) whom they admired for their teaching skills. Variables studied were sex, age, and departmental affiliation. The findings reveal a strong organization along sex lines for males, who overchoose in all three categories members of their own sex. Departmental affiliation, which also shows a strong effect on the sociometric choices in all three categories, is associated particularly with advice and liking. Age shows the weakest relationship to choice of the three variables examined. Since little is known about the social organization of the school, these and other findings of the study are potentially relevant to understanding influence processes within the school. (Author/JS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for the Study of Social Organization of Schools.