ERIC Number: ED167630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship Between Teacher Perceptions of the Robustness of Differential Organizational Roles and Dimensions of Their Working Environment: A Regression Analysis.
Ellett, Chad D.; Licata, Joseph W.
Environmental robustness is a highly dramatic, tension-producing climate characterizing the school organization; for example, strict discipline in a traditional school. To validate this theoretical construct with teachers, 264 elementary and secondary school teachers completed the Semantic Differential Robustness Scale and the School Survey. The Robustness Scale consists of polar adjective pairs known to discriminate between the concepts dramatic and not dramatic; teachers used the scale to rate the robustness roles of themselves, their principals, and their students. The School Survey measures teacher attitudes toward school environment along 14 dimensions. It was hypothesized that significant multiple correlations would be established between the robustness roles and dimensions of the School Survey; specifically: (1) teacher role nd attitudes towards opportunities for professional performance and development; (2) principal role and attitudes towards supervisory relations; (3) student role and attitudes toward educational effectiveness. All three hypothesis were confirmed, using three stepwise multiple regression analysis. General findings lend support to the robustness construct; specific results provide insight into teacher attitude referents of this construct for the roles of teachers administrators, and students. (CP)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Attitude Measures, Educational Environment, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Organizational Climate, Principals, Research Reports, Role Perception, School Attitudes, Student Role, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Morale, Teacher Role, Test Validity, Validity
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: School Robustness; School Survey (Coughlan and Cooke); Semantic Differential Robustness Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (62nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)