ERIC Number: ED162179
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May-6
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Style: A Cross Cultural Study.
Lamiell-Landy, Ann; Landy, Frank J.
Examined are two dimensions of leadership style (task-orientation and person-orientation) as they also define teacher style, specifically, as a function of context (grade-level, teacher experience, and socio-political differences). The Teacher Opinion Questionnaire was utilized to obtain opinions of ideal teacher behavior. Subjects were teachers--544 from Pennsylvania and 732 from Sweden. They were evenly distributed among three grade levels, and levels of experience. Findings indicate two common components in the responses of the two groups--initiating structure and consideration. Americans were high in the former, and Swedes in the latter areas. Americans see a rigidity aspect to their job, and Swedes do not. Americans also see a difference between instructional tasks and maintaining an authority position. The dominant value structure of the culture is reflected in teacher opinions about ideal behavior. (Author/JLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association (50th, Chicago, Illinois, May 4-6, l978)