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ERIC Number: ED204327
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Perceptions of Teacher Brinkmanship Behaviors.
Melancon, Jan G.; Thompson, Bruce
Brinkmanship behaviors are challenges to authority expressed in such a mannner that expected negative sanctions are typically avoided. They are usually extemporaneous, involve satire or sarcasm, and take place in front of an audience. This study investigated 43 principals' and 137 teachers' perceptions of teacher brinkmanship behaviors and sought to determine whether these perceptions are influenced by the perceiver's personality traits. The results suggest that the perceptions are not substantially influenced by the role or the personality of the perceiver. The teacher brinkmanship behaviors apparently arise as a function of the behaviors and attitudes of the "brinking" teacher's principal and are likely to be school-specific. Teachers and principals have almost identical attitudes toward brinkmanship behaviors. (Authors/FG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (Dallas, TX, January, 1981).