ERIC Number: ED214886
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Teachers' Perceptions of Their Own Influence Over School Policies and Decisions. A Study of Schooling in the United States. Technical Report Series, No. 16.
Wright, David P.
Elementary and secondary school teachers in 38 schools were asked to indicate how much influence the teachers at their schools had in decisions about school policy issues. For each policy issue, teachers checked one of three responses: a lot of influence, some influence, or no influence. Overall, teachers rated themselves as having the most influence in matters concerning curriculum, instruction, pupil behavior, and communication with parents. For the subscale fields of extracurricular and community related issues and activities, dress codes, class assignments, and staff meetings, teachers felt that they had some influence. Teachers felt least influential in matters concerning fiscal management, teaching assistants, and personnel selection. Teachers also thought their influence varied greatly among individual policy issues, depending on the object or substance of those issues. Teachers at all levels (elementary, middle/junior high, and high school) thought they were most and least influential toward the same sets of decisions. Elementary school teachers felt more influential than middle school teachers, who felt more influential than high school teachers. It was also found that teachers' sense of influence varied relatively little from school to school. Statistical tables present information on responses of teachers from all schools at all educational levels. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Institute for Development of Educational Activities, Dayton, OH.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Graduate School of Education