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ERIC Number: ED537342
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 74
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-2671-4433-1
A Psychometric Study of the Teacher Work-Autonomy Scale with a Sample of U.S. Teachers
Strong, Luman E. G.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Lehigh University
The purpose of this research was to evaluate the psychometric properties of Friedman's (1999) Teacher Work-Autonomy Scale (TWA) in order to determine whether it was an acceptable instrument to measure U.S. teachers' autonomy in the present educational context. A second purpose was to ascertain the current status of teachers' perceptions of their autonomy from a sample of U.S. teachers. Four hundred seventy-seven teachers from three public schools in Michigan participated in this study for a response rate of 30%. Factor analysis confirmed the multi-faceted nature of teachers' autonomy; however, somewhat different factor structures were found for the elementary and secondary teachers in this study in comparison to that of Friedman. The TWA without major modifications appeared to be a valid and reliable instrument for use with a U.S. secondary sample but with limitations with an elementary sample. Elementary and secondary teachers perceived autonomy in the different factors in identical order, but with significant differences between their scores. Differences in school structure and conceptions of autonomy may have contributed to grade level discrepancies. The findings suggest that administrators may be able to enhance teachers' autonomy by releasing some of their power to include teachers in school leadership, specifically in the two areas teachers perceived with lowest autonomy: school finances and professional development. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan