ERIC Number: ED052169
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Work Environment, Risk Taking, and the Walk-Out Behavior of Teachers. Final Report.
Purrington, Gordon S.; Jones, Anthony S.
This study found that high dissatisfaction with intrinsic and extrinsic job factors and high risk taking propensity were related to a teacher's decision to strike. The study tested two modules which predicted walk-out and non walk-out behavior. The conceptual model postulated that the teacher's decision to walk out was influenced by degree of satisfaction with intrinsic and extrinsic work factors. In the hypotheses model, each teacher was assigned to one of eight groups with other teachers having similar scores on satisfaction, dissatisfaction, and risk taking propensity. Each of the eight hypotheses predicted either walk-out or non walk-out behavior for teachers in its group. Data was obtained from the responses to a mailed questionnaire of a random sample of 200 Florida teachers. Multiple discriminant analysis procedures were used to test the conceptual model. A correlation with transgeneration program, specifying a Boolean expression, was utilized to assign participants to the eight groups of the hypotheses model. A t value was calculated to determine the existence of significant differences in the walk-out and non walk-out composition of each group. Results substantiated the conceptual model. Satisfaction, dissatisfaction, and risk taking propensity each significantly predicted walk-out and non walk-out behavior. (The report includes a copy of the questionnaire sent to teachers.) (Author/RT)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Florida State Univ., Tallahassee.