ERIC Number: ED212063
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
The Design of an Instrument to Measure Zones of Indifference of Teachers to Directives Issued by Administrators.
Wilkes, Sam T.; Blackbourn, Joe M.
The purpose of the project described in this report was to develop an instrument that would measure the zones of indifference of teachers to typical directives issued by administrators. Zones of indifference describe the extent to which people will respond to orders or directives issued by authority figures. The following procedures were followed in the development of the instrument. One hundred twenty-five teachers submitted 134 usable items of typical directives issued by their supervising administrator. The items fit into four categories of acceptability, ranging from acceptable without question to clearly unacceptable. These items were then field-tested with 104 teachers in four states. Various computer manipulations, including a principal component analysis of the responses, identified two factors or sets of items. One set appears to explain variables describing teacher-determined practices while the other covers administrator-determined policy. The appendices contain the initial instrument of 134 items, the computer analysis results, and the final instrument of 78 items labeled as to the factor each item represents. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Mississippi State Univ., Mississippi State, Bureau of Educational Research.