ERIC Number: ED202117
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Study to Establish the Reliability and Validity Estimates for Three Measures of Structural Coupling in Schools.
Miskel, Cecil; And Others
To assess structural coupling in schools, investigators must first have measures with established reliability and validity levels. Structural coupling refers to the mechanisms and norms in organizations that influence interactions among individuals. For three structural coupling measurement techniques--participant observation, interviews, and surveys--the study estimated content, construct, convergent, and predictive validity levels and test-retest and internal consistency reliability levels. Interview and participant observation data were gathered at a junior high and a high school in one Kansas school district. Survey data came from 145 teachers and administrators in 67 schools in 48 Kansas school districts. The structural coupling measures demonstrated excellent psychometric characteristics. The correlation coefficients for the construct and convergent validity estimates were high with few exceptions. The predictive validity estimates add further evidence that the measures were efficacious. (Author/RW)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Interprofessional Relationship, Interviews, Measurement Techniques, Observation, Organizational Communication, Predictive Validity, Research Methodology, School Organization, Surveys, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teachers, Test Reliability, Test Validity
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Kansas; Structural Coupling (Organizations)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).