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ERIC Number: ED471371
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Oct-19
Pages: 30
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers' Acceptance of Change: Assessing the Importance of Four Factors.
Graham, Jeff; Wilson, Harold, E.; Gerrick, W. Gregory; Fraas, John W.; Heimann, Beverly
This is a report of a limited study of four factors that might affect a teacher's level of acceptance of mandated change. The factors are: (1) number of years the teacher and principal have worked together; (2) years of experience of the teacher involved in the change process; (3) whether the teacher has tenure; and (4) the participatory nature of the school climate. Data for the study were collected from a review of the literature and from a survey of 61 elementary teachers from one school district participating in a new math program. Results of the study indicated the following with regard to the four factors: (1) Teachers with more time working with their principals were more likely to accept change; (2) teachers' years of experience had no significant affect on their acceptance of change; (3) there was no significant relationship between teachers' tenure and willingness to accept change; and (4) teachers in schools with high participatory management were no more accepting of change than teachers in schools with low participatory management. Since the findings suggest that only the first factor is significant, the practice of rotating principals among buildings within a district should be further examined. (Contains 3 tables and 18 references.) (WFA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A