ERIC Number: ED210311
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Validating Measures of Brinkmanship Behaviors.
Melancon, Janet G.; Thompson, Bruce
This study investigated the validity of measures of teacher brinkmanship behaviors. These are behaviors which challenge the authority system of the school while avoiding its negative sanctions. These acts are generally satirical in nature. The subjects were teachers and principals representing schools located in a metropolitan school system in the southern United States. The data were analyzed using an O-technique factor analysis. The theory differentiating three types of brinkmanship behavior may require further elaboration. The three types of behavior are differentiated by the degrees of compliance which they reflect. The types are "subversive obedience,""tightroping," and "boundary testing." The results suggest that the measures may require further refinement, although they were developed in a thoughtful, multi-staged process and they have been employed by several researchers in substantive studies. (Author/DWH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Authority; Teacher Brinkmanship
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid South Educational Research Association (Lexington, KY, 1981).