ERIC Number: ED365030
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep-30
Reference Count: N/A
Making Connections through Voice: Teacher Receptivity to Change.
Mellencamp, Amy V.
This study used focused interviews, participant observations, and document review to identify five organizational and personal factors that 40 teachers (general education, special education, and specialists) in a small rural school district reported as affecting their receptivity to change: (1) the degree to which schools are ready for change; (2) support from principals, colleagues, and community members; (3) voice--the ability of teachers to initiate and decide change and to be heard as respected members of the school community; (4) meaningfulness of change; and (5) efficacy--the degree to which teachers feel they make a difference in the lives of students. A model is developed to show the progressive and interactive relationship among these factors. The factor of voice appears to provide a critical connection between organizational and personal factors, increasing teacher receptivity to change. (Contains 30 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Change Agents, Disabilities, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Individual Power, Influences, Models, Organizational Climate, Participative Decision Making, Quality of Working Life, Resistance to Change, Rural Education, Self Efficacy, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teachers, Teaching Conditions
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Vermont Univ., Burlington. Coll. of Education & Social Services.
Note: In: Fitzgerald, Martha. School Building Models for Educating Students with Disabilities in the Regular Education Environment; see EC 302 653.