ERIC Number: ED243843
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Teachers' Perceptions of Need Fulfillment and Self-Esteem and Their Attitudes toward Change.
Morawa, Edward C.; Sheathelm, Herbert H.
A study investigated whether teachers with high levels of need fulfillment and self-esteem had more positive attitudes toward school change than teachers with low levels of need fulfillment and self-esteem. The study sample consisted of 101 elementary school teachers participating in the Connecticut School Effectiveness Project, a major innovation sponsored by the state's department of education. The research instrument used in this study was a three part package. The first part asked for information on demographic variables: teacher's role (classroom or specialist), classroom setting (self-contained or teamed), and teachers' education degree. Part 2 dealt with job satisfaction, and the third part was concerned with changed attitudes. It was found that need fulfillment and self-esteem alone were not related to teachers' attitudes toward change. A relationship existed between self-esteem and task change attitude, but not personal change attitude. Self-esteem did not appear to be a predictor of change attitude. Copies of the three questionnaires used in the study are appended. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).