ERIC Number: ED239399
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Relationships of Zones of Indifference to Directives and Levels of Authoritarianism of Coaches and Teachers in Selected Schools in Mississippi.
O'Neal, E. C.
Using Chester Barnard's acceptance theory of authority, this study of 125 secondary teachers and coaches explored relationships involving their "zones of indifference" or extent of response to orders by authority. Specific questions addressed were: (1) whether significant relationships existed between zones of indifference to administrative policies and levels of authoritarianism of coaches when compared to teachers; (2) whether such relationships were significant when subjects were grouped by professional assignment; and (3) whether significant differences existed in zones of indifference as perceived by subjects when classified by high, medium, or low level of authoritarianism. The measure of authoritarianism used was the "California F-Scale," and a zones of indifference instrument asked respondents to submit typical administrative directives in four categories of acceptability, ranging from compliance without question to refusal of compliance. Responses were grouped as teacher-determined or administrator-determined and subjected to a principal component analysis. The results of the Pearson Product-Moment coefficient of correlation indicated no significant relationships between zones of indifference and levels of authoritarianism with subjects grouped as teachers or coaches, although when subjects were grouped by assignment some significant relationships were found. Multivariant analysis of variance comparing levels of authoritarianism to zones of indifference shows some significant differences. (MJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Administrators; Practitioners
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Identifiers: Authoritarian Behavior; California F Scale (Adorno et al); Coaching; Mississippi; Zones of Indifference (Behavior)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Nashville, TN, November 1983).