ERIC Number: ED039188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Organizational Choice of Beginning Teachers in Districts with Competing NEA and AFT Affiliates.
Krchniak, Stefan P.; Lutz, Frank W.
This study attempted to determine in what order of preference beginning teachers join teacher organizations and the relationship of selected background characteristics, morale, recruitment activities, or administrative pressure with this preference. Questionnaires were mailed to elementary, junior high, and high school teachers completing their first year of teaching in five similar school systems. Of the 178 questionnaires returned, 46 percent reported joining neither teacher organization, 45 percent joined the National Education Association affiliate, and five percent joined the American Federation of Teachers group. In the two systems where bargaining elections had been held, beginning teachers tended to join the group in power. In comparing other factors, a significant relationship was found between recruitment activities and organizational choice. Teachers tended to join the organization with the most active recruitment program and of which their closest friend and most admired professional colleague were members. A significant difference was found between members and nonmembers on their perception of the principal's organizational preference. Although little overt pressure was reported, nearly twice as many members as nonmembers felt their principal preferred that they join the NEA affiliate. Further research is suggested on organizational and administrative pressure and peer influence. (RT)
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Identifiers: American Federation of Teachers; National Education Association
Note: Paper presented at annual meeting, AERA, Minneapolis, 1970