ERIC Number: ED462443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Assessing School Work Culture: A Higher-Order Analysis and Strategy.
Johnson, William L.; Johnson, Annabel M.; Zimmerman, Kurt J.
This paper reviews a work culture productivity model and reports the development of a work culture instrument based on the culture productivity model. Higher order principal components analysis was used to assess work culture, and a third-order factor analysis shows how the first-order factors group into higher-order factors. The school work culture model contains the dimensions of: (1) schoolwide planning; (2) professional development; (3) program development; and (4) school assessment. Within 4 subscales for these dimensions are 10 smaller logical clusters. The School Work Culture Profile (SWCP) was developed based on responses of a panel of experts, and the SWCP was administered to a total sample of 925 subjects, representing 41 school districts in Florida, with a teacher to principal ratio of approximately 4 to 1. The Statistical Analysis System principal components program was used to examine the factorial validity of SWCP scores. The second-order factor analysis generated a set of relationships the 60 items of the SWCP that are reflective of several major thrusts for organizational transformation within the quality management literature. These four factors were called Continuous Improvement, Human Resource Development, Strategic Planning and Accountability, and Collaboration. For the third-order solution, there were two higher order factors, one that could be termed Continuous Improvement and one that could be titled Planning, Collaboration, and Accountability. The third-order solution focuses on educational process variables that include management factors that sustain productive schools. The SWCP can also describe how changes in work culture are taking effect following the implementation of new strategies of reform. An appendix contains the School Work Culture Productivity Model. (Contains 4 tables and 48 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (25th, Austin, TX, February 14-16, 2002).