ERIC Number: ED206621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Providing Direction and Building Commitment: A Study of Teacher Standards and Warmth.
Natriello, Gary; Dornbusch, Sanford M.
Two studies examined the incidence of and the relationship between teacher enforcement of school standards and their warmth in responding to typical classroom problems. In the first questionnaire, the problems posed were those of hypothetical students. In the second questionnaire, the problems were applied to students in the teachers' classes. The "hypothetical" study involved 156 teachers in 14 high schools. The "role book" study involved 168 teachers in 18 high schools. Results suggest that while teachers may enforce standards in a warm and caring way, empirically this combination seems to be a rare event. Teachers were more likely to present standards than warmth. Literature on teaching as a form of leadership indicates that both firm adherence to standards and personal warmth are components of effective leadership. It is suggested that teachers may not be engaging in optimal leadership behaviors to provide direction for students and to build commitment among them. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April, 1980).