ERIC Number: ED342101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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Judgment Analysis of Potential for Employment Termination as Seen by Teachers.
Purvis, Johnny R.; Leonard, Rex L.
This paper summarizes a study designed to examine teachers' perceptions concerning possible employment termination and whether these perceptions differ according to primary teaching assignment. A random sample of 504 elementary, middle/junior high, and high school teachers was selected from 21 school districts in a southern state. Teachers were sent an instrument to assess: (1) their overall perception associated with potential for employment termination; and (2) their perceptions associated with employment termination according to 13 given offenses. Judgment analysis was used to analyze 306 returned questionnaires. There were significant differences in group profiles regarding the relationship of perceived termination threat for specific situations to an overall potential for termination. Elementary teachers perceived situations associated with teaching qualifications and absenteeism as primary contributors to the overall threat of termination. For middle school teachers, the greatest contributors to overall threat were failing to improve enthusiasm and preparing unsatisfactory lesson plans. Secondary teachers also had failure to improve enthusiasm as a major contributor, but added three other situations involving lateness for work, certification, and refusal to supervise students. Teacher effectiveness and morale could be enhanced if teachers thoroughly understood the reasons for possible termination. Included are several data tables and 10 references. (Author/MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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