ERIC Number: ED252980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
The Myth of Curvilinearity: An Analysis of Decision-Making Involvement and Job Satisfaction.
Schneider, Gail Thierbach
Past researchers have claimed that it is possible to over-involve individuals in decision-making and that this saturation may result in a decrease in job satisfaction. This paper presents a synthesis of three studies that covered the kindergarten through 12-th grade spectrum and tested the curvilinear relationship between teacher involvement in decision-making and job satisfaction. The research found that a significant relationship existed between respondents' decision condition and their level of job satisfaction. The results also indicate that the point of saturation has not been reached. From the responses in these studies it is reasonable to assume that administrators have considerable latitude in which to increase teacher involvement in decision-making before diminishing job satisfaction. The paper includes an extensive reference list, two tables, and one illustrative figure. (Author/MD)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Curriculum Development, Educational Administration, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Job Performance, Job Satisfaction, Organizational Climate, Participative Decision Making, Recognition (Achievement), Teacher Participation, Textbook Selection
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Contingency Models; Curvilinear Functions; Likert Scales
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).