ERIC Number: ED242082
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Receptivity to Change in Small Schools: A Study of Teachers' Willingness to Accept the Risks of Innovation.
Wangen, Nancy Register; And Others
Exploring relationships between organizational and personal characteristics and responses to innovation, this study surveyed teachers--including identified innovators--in 10 small rural secondary schools. The research was informed by a developing theory viewing receptivity, or variation in acceptable conditions of risk, as determined by the interaction of organizational and personal factors. The survey questionnaire consisted primarily of instruments used in prior studies, including the Bridges Receptivity to Change Scale and the Moeller Sense-of-Power Scale. Discriminant analysis showed that innovators were more receptive, experimenting, professionally active, and had a higher sense of power. Multiple regression identified personal and organizational variables predictive of receptivity. Receptive teachers differed from innovators in their uncertainties about principal support and their power to influence school decision-making. Results included sex-based differences that precluded single group analysis of relationships among predictor variables. It is concluded that it may be possible to manipulate variables associated with receptivity to encourage teachers to assume the risks of change. (Author/MJL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Receptivity to Change
Note: Adapted from a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).