ERIC Number: ED062291
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of The Open-Space School Upon Teacher Influence and Autonomy: The Effects of an Organizational Innovation.
Meyer, John; And Others
This study compares teachers in open-space and traditional schools with respect to variables including the teacher's sense of influence, job satisfaction, and attitude toward being evaluated by colleges. Questionnaires were administered to 110 teachers from nine open-space elementary schools and 120 teachers from eight traditional elementary schools, all with predominantly middle-class suburban populations. The major findings showed that open-space school teachers were more satisfied with their jobs, felt more autonomous, and reported more influence in decision making. In traditional schools, ambitious teachers tended to be more dissatisfied with teaching than did unambitious teachers. Women teachers interested in verticle promotion were less satisfied than women without such interests. Open schools appear to give teachers professional ambition which becomes an important source of job satisfaction. The report provides evidence that organizational innovations have definite effects on teacher attitudes. Intercorrelations, questionnaires, and a 10-item bibliography are included. (MJM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Stanford Center for Research and Development in Teaching.