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ERIC Number: EJ1176233
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0951-354X
Factors Affecting Principals' Adoption of and Satisfaction with Market-Driven Externally Developed Reforms
Schwabsky, Nitza
International Journal of Educational Management, v32 n3 p342-358 2018
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to explore the motives, opportunities, and threats associated with the adoption of market-driven externally developed reforms (EDRs) as well as how these motivator factors, combined with background variables, account for school principals' satisfaction with EDR adoption. Design/methodology/approach: Principals from 208 Israeli schools (grades 1-9) completed anonymous self-report questionnaires about the factors motivating their decision to implement EDRs and their satisfaction with these reform programmes in their schools. Validity and reliability tests, bivariate correlations and Pearson tests, paired "t"-tests, and a step-by-step multiple regression analysis were performed to examine the associations between the independent variables (individual and institutional variables, and motives, opportunities, and threats), and principals' satisfaction with aspects of the EDRs. Findings: Participants reported opportunities in the areas of pedagogy, learning excellence, teacher growth, and school climate. Threats were moderate-low and related to school faculty resistance, principals' dependence on stakeholders, and difficulties in implementing EDRs. Of the political and the pedagogic motives, the latter was the sole motive associated with principals' satisfaction with the EDRs. Findings fit within Herzberg's two-factor theory and Festinger's cognitive dissonance theory. Originality/value: Studies on the factors motivating adoption of EDRs are scarce; this is the first to explore motivators' effects on principals' satisfaction. It is likely to help principals and decision makers in educational institutions construe the varied factors that affect the adoption of EDRs from senior officials' viewpoints. Understanding these factors is highly important to the field worldwide because of the growing need to adopt EDRs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel
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