ERIC Number: ED242061
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Theory Oriented Research: Problems and Challenges.
Greer, John T.
This paper discusses problems the author encountered in attempting to conduct a study of teacher motivation as influenced by a combination of participative decision-making and financial rewards. Over a 3-year period, teacher motivation was to be viewed as influenced by two independent variables--participative decision-making and financial rewards; in the second year, teacher effectiveness and student achievement were to be added as dependent variables. Initial difficulties were encountered in defining motivation, participative decision-making, and, to a lesser degree, financial rewards; further difficulties arose from the assumption of positive correlations among the four variables. To test the validity of these projected correlations, the author planned to compare a control school where no changes would be implemented with a second school where only financial rewards would be instituted and finally, with a third school implementing both participative decision and financial rewards. Thus far, the author has not found a setting in which to carry out the study to its completion. The author concludes by speculating that the reason he has been unable to do so is that school administrators view participative decision making as a threat to existing power relationships. (JBM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrators, Analysis of Covariance, Compensation (Remuneration), Cooperation, Correlation, Definitions, Elementary Secondary Education, Employer Employee Relationship, Hypothesis Testing, Organizational Theories, Participative Decision Making, Power Structure, Research Needs, Research Problems, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Motivation
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Professors of Educational Administration, to the Organization Theory Interest Group (Missoula, MT, August 1983).