ERIC Number: ED416427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Oct
Identifying Shared Values in an Educational Setting.
Bakari, Ronald Sentwali; Bennett-Woods, Deb; Stock, Rick
Values are assumed to be critical factors in the operations and outcomes of organizations. To better understand how values operate in an educational setting, the Bennett-Woods' three-factor model was used to identify the presence and relative strength of shared values in a university within a targeted sample of faculty, administrators, and other staff. A survey instrument was designed for the field test of hypotheses derived from the model and three separate exploratory factor analyses were conducted. The first analysis examined all variables, the second explored questions related to personal values, and the third looked at organizational values. Cross tabulations explicated relationships among variables descriptive of subjects and the three types of values. The results suggest that there is a general consistency between the relative importance of espoused organizational values and the personal values of the employees. However, those values are not clearly and consistently expressed in the daily structures, interactions, and processes of the organization. Despite limitations on interpretation due to the size of the study, findings encourage further research. (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (Jackson, WY, October 1-4, 1997).