ERIC Number: ED220247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Relationship of Receptivity to Change to Personal Characteristics and Organizational Perceptions of Teachers in Small Schools.
Wangen, Nancy Register; And Others
The entire population of teachers (N=132) in 10 small schools (fewer than 350 students grades 7-12) and 17 other secondary teachers involved in innovative projects were surveyed by questionnaire to examine personal and organizational factors that might explain teachers' receptivity to change. Both groups responded to scales of receptivity to change, power, and personality, as well as to demographic items. Discriminant analysis showed innovators were more receptive, experimenting, professionally active, and had a higher sense of power. Multiple regression identified variables predictive of receptivity. Female or male teachers with high receptivity were experimenting, group-identified, relaxed, and trusting. They differed from innovators in their uncertainties about principal support and their power to influence school decision-making. Results suggested that it may be possible to manipulate personal and contextual variables associated with receptivity in order to encourage teachers to assume the risks of change. (Author/BRR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Innovators; Receptivity to Change
Note: Paper presented to the American Educational Research Association (New York City, NY, March 1982).