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ERIC Number: ED200615
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Measuring Power Orientations of School Administrators.
Richardson, Rita; Thompson, Bruce
The validity of an instrument which purports to measure followers' perceptions of a leader's power base usages, the Richardson Power Profile (RPP), was investigated. Also compared were the perceptions of power base usage derived by concurrently administering two instruments, the RPP and the Power Perception Profile--Perception of Other. Teachers and administrators were the subjects of this study; intraindividual stability of perceptions reported across the two instruments, irrespective of role, were studied. Both instruments differed in format (normative and ipsative). Results suggest that the RPP is a reasonably valid measure of power base usage. Also concluded was the notion that ipsative or quasi-ipsative formats should only be employed when social desirability or other factors severely distort response patterns, and although these factors influence self-perceptions of power base usage, the impacts on perceptions of others are probably minimal. (GK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Power Perception Profile
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (Dallas, TX, 1981).