ERIC Number: ED336351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives on Teacher Attitudes: The Third Year.
Ruscoe, Gordon C.; Whitford, Betty Lou
Since 1988, teacher surveys and interviews have been conducted in the 24 professional development schools (PDS) in Jefferson County (Kentucky) Public Schools to document teachers' attitudes toward efficacy and empowerment and toward their schools' learning climate. The 1990-1991 survey results show that teachers seem to have positive opinions of their experiences in the restructuring effort. The second stage of the research explored questions regarding "school effects" and "multiplier effects." Research on school effects showed that when school efficacy, personal efficacy, and teaching techniques are examined by school, variance among schools is considerably lower than among individual respondents, suggesting influence of school atmosphere on teacher attitudes. To study multiplier effects, 10 factors from the survey data were applied to 4 groups of PDS that were also engaged in participatory management activities. Analysis suggests that simultaneaous involvement with more than one type of restructuring has a positive effect on teacher attitudes. In subsequent interviews with teachers and administrators in 3 of the 24 PDS, while showing appreciation for shared decision-making, teachers more often accounted for their positive attitudes by describing a supportive administrative style; a change-oriented, collegial faculty; and a student-centered orientation. An appendix includes the 10 factors used in the multiplier effects phase and data tables. (AMH)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Individual Power, Interviews, Participative Decision Making, Professional Development Schools, School Based Management, School Districts, School Restructuring, Self Efficacy, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Jefferson County Public Schools KY
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991). For an earlier paper, see ED 310 068.