ERIC Number: ED349680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
Preliminary Models of Teacher Organizational Commitment: Implications for Restructuring the Workplace.
Based on a review of recent research on school effects and workplace psychology, this paper hypothesizes that three core concepts comprise teacher organizational commitment: (1) belief in school goals and student learning ability; (2) intention to remain an active member of the school; and (3) willingness to exert extra effort on the school's behalf. The academic literature and national reports assume that many public school teachers commitment to the proper means and ends of education. Since little is actually known on the subject, the study summarized in this paper develops and empirically tests an index of teacher organizational commitment and examines the organizational conditions, processes, and individual features affecting it. The study uses the High School and Beyond database derived from a nationally drawn stratified probability sample of 1,032 high schools; core data were gathered from the 1984 Administrator and Teacher Survey. Overall, the analysis suggests that organizational support, collaboration climate, school orderly environment, encouragement for innovation, shared decision making, and frequency of supervision directly affect teacher commitment. The most powerful predictors of teacher organizational commitment are teachers' motivation to learn and sense of efficacy. Women tend to have higher school commitment than males. Also, years of experience correlate negatively with organizational commitment. (Contains 83 references.) (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center on Organization and Restructuring of Schools, Madison, WI.