ERIC Number: ED330415
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov-11
Reference Count: N/A
Administrative Directives: A Measure of the Degree of Acceptance as Perceived by Classroom Teachers in Public Community Colleges in Mississippi.
Morris, Harold J.
In an effort to assess community college teachers' level of acceptance of and willingness to implement administrative directives, a survey instrument and personal data sheet were delivered to 130 public community college teachers in Mississippi. A modified Zones of Indifference instrument was used to assess respondents' attitudes towards 71 administrative directives. The following rating scale was used: 1=a directive you would comply with without question; 2=a directive you would comply with but mentally question the authority of the administrator to issue; 3=a directive issued by the administrator that you mentally question the authority of, but alter the application more in keeping with what you think should be done; and 4=a directive issued by the administrator that you question mentally and refuse compliance with unless forced to do so. Usable responses were received from 62.3% (N=81) of the sample, representing 13 community colleges in the state. Study results included the following: (1) the distribution of mean scores ranged from 1.222 (low level of teacher resistance to the directive) to 3.827 (high level of resistance); (2) 51 of the 71 directives received a mean score below 3.0; (3) directives requiring attendance at faculty meetings, outlining policies concerning attendance at work, and concerning the maintenance of an individual teacher personnel file in the dean's office received the lowest mean scores, while directives calling on teachers to question students' religious beliefs and home life, attempting to restrict topics that could be discussed in the lounge area, and requiring teachers to use the school cafeteria for lunch received the most resistance; and (4) neither respondent age nor amount of administrative experience correlated significantly with the survey responses. Data tables and the survey instruments are included. (PAA)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, College Administration, Community Colleges, Cooperation, Faculty College Relationship, Intergroup Relations, Organizational Effectiveness, Politics of Education, School Surveys, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Characteristics, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration (Atlanta, GA, November 11-13, 1990).