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ERIC Number: ED215977
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Relationships Between Teacher Characteristics and Congruity, Incongruity, and Inconsistency with Policy Positions of Teachers Organizations.
Ade, William
A study of 107 Illinois elementary school teachers who were enrolled in graduate courses investigated the relationship between teacher characteristics and congruity, incongruity, and inconsistency with the policies of two teacher associations. The teacher characteristics consisted of age, educational attainment, interest in politics, membership in the National Education Association (NEA) or the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), and level of participation in organization activities. Twelve policy issues were selected from a review of NEA and AFT materials published during the last ten years. Two survey instruments were used to identify the teacher characteristics and to explore the teachers' positions on the 12 issues. Each issue was represented by a set of two responses, one of which reflected an organization position, while the other contradicted that position. Teachers' responses to the policy statements were categorized as congruent, incongruent, or inconsistent, based on comparisons between the two sets of responses. Fourteen research hypotheses posited that teacher characteristics would be related to the frequency of the three types of responses. Significant differences were obtained for four of the hypotheses, involving age, membership, and level of participation. It is assumed that the characteristics selected for the study were either too broad or were inappropriately related to the phenomena. (Author/FG)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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