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ERIC Number: EJ1170101
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1557-5284
K-12 STEM Educator Autonomy: An Investigation of School Influence and Classroom Control
Ernst, Jeremy V.; Williams, Thomas O.; Clark, Aaron C.; Kelly, Daniel P.; Sutton, Kevin
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v18 n5 p5-9 Jan 2018
Over the past decade, teacher autonomy within the formal educational system has been a central topic of discussion among educational stakeholders. This study explored influence over school policy and classroom control (teacher autonomy) among in-service science, technology, and mathematics (STM) educators within the United States. The National Center for Education Statistics restricted-access dataset enabled examination of the study research questions. Specifically, the Schools and Staffing Survey Teacher Questionnaire (SASS-TQ) was employed for the purposes of this investigation. Analysis of data detected differences in both frame variables for influence and control. Hypothesis testing (independent sample t-tests) revealed differences between science and technology education, science and mathematics education, and technology and mathematics education teachers concerning influence over school policy and individual classroom control.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A