ERIC Number: ED363943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
School Organization Structure Impact on Teachers' Attitudes toward Their Work Environment: Interdisciplinary Team Organization versus Departmental Organization.
This paper presents findings of a study that examined the effect of school organization on teachers' attitudes toward their work environments. The study compared the attitudes of teachers who work in schools with an interdisciplinary team organization (ITO) with those of teachers who work in schools with a traditional departmental organization (DEP) structure. Data were collected through: (1) a survey of 47 teachers from 2 ITO middle schools and 31 teachers from 2 DEP junior high schools, and (2) interviews with a random sample of 10 percent of the teachers in each school. ITO teachers expressed more positive attitudes toward their colleagues and described their principals as more effective goal-setters than did their DEP counterparts. ITO teachers reported that they experienced less isolation and increased collaboration, but viewed their input into the school decision-making processes as inconsistent. In addition, school organization did not significantly affect teachers' attitudes toward work, beliefs about professional life, or involvement in their school's decision-making process. The recommendation is made to provide teachers with more input into decisions that affect their work. Four tables are included. Contains 42 references. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).