Title page for ETD etd-43098-103717


Type of Document Dissertation
Author Copeland, Saundra Sellars Jr.
Author's Email Address copeland@iga.city.chesapeake.va.us
URN etd-43098-103717
Title Validation of the Satisfaction with Participation in Decision Making Questionnaire
Degree Doctor of Education
Department Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Richards, Robert R. Committee Chair
Earthman, Glen I. Committee Member
Koonce, Glenn L. Committee Member
Worner, Wayne Dempsey Committee Member
Keywords
  • Site-based management
  • Teacher's Involvement
  • Satisfaction
  • Participation
Date of Defense 1998-05-04
Availability restricted
Abstract
There has been limited research regarding teachers' opinions about their involvement in school decision making. A critical step missing in the research is the development of instruments to assess teachers' perceptions of their actual and desired levels of involvement. With the wide spread use of site-based management, shared decision making, participatory management and teacher empowerment, it is important to study teachers' involvement.

The purpose of this study was to design an instrument to measure teachers' satisfaction with their involvement in school decision making. A review of the literature was used to identify issues to be considered for instrument development. Four domains were formulated for the Satisfaction with Participation in Decision Making Questionnaire (SPDMQ): (1) Involvement in the Operation of the School; (2) Involvement in Establishing Curriculum and Instructional Techniques; (3) Teacher Development, Evaluation, and Work Allocation, and (4) Involvement in Establishing Student Teacher Relationships. There are five questions included in each domain, for a total of 20 questions. Each question measures a desired level of involvement and a perceived actual level of involvement in school decision making. To measure content and construct validity, a total of three draft instruments were administered to doctoral students, school administrators, teachers, and other educators.

The population selected to validate the instrument consisted of all teachers in five elementary schools from two different school districts in the Hampton Roads area. Two schools were selected from a district that currently implements site-based management programs, and three schools were selected from a district that implements little or no site- based management. A total of 168 teachers completed the SPDMQ.

The treatment of data included several statistical routines including chi-square, Cronbach's alpha, t-tests, and correlations. The results of administration of the SPDMQ indicated that teachers in site-based schools reported more involvement in decision making but were not significantly more satisfied with their involvement.

This instrument may be used by principals as a needs assessment to determine how much and in what areas teachers want to be involved in school decision making.

Files
  Filename       Size       Approximate Download Time (Hours:Minutes:Seconds) 
 
 28.8 Modem   56K Modem   ISDN (64 Kb)   ISDN (128 Kb)   Higher-speed Access 
[VT] ABST-FIN.PDF 3.46 Kb < 00:00:01 < 00:00:01 < 00:00:01 < 00:00:01 < 00:00:01
[VT] CHAP2.PDF 101.62 Kb 00:00:28 00:00:14 00:00:12 00:00:06 < 00:00:01
[VT] CHAPTER5.PDF 24.65 Kb 00:00:06 00:00:03 00:00:03 00:00:01 < 00:00:01
[VT] D-CH.PDF 14.07 Kb 00:00:03 00:00:02 00:00:01 < 00:00:01 < 00:00:01
[VT] DISCH1-F.PDF 9.96 Kb 00:00:02 00:00:01 00:00:01 < 00:00:01 < 00:00:01
[VT] DISCH4-F.PDF 27.89 Kb 00:00:07 00:00:03 00:00:03 00:00:01 < 00:00:01
[VT] DISS-BIB.PDF 15.41 Kb 00:00:04 00:00:02 00:00:01 < 00:00:01 < 00:00:01
[VT] LET-2SUR.PDF 4.36 Kb 00:00:01 < 00:00:01 < 00:00:01 < 00:00:01 < 00:00:01
[VT] LET-SURV.PDF 4.73 Kb 00:00:01 < 00:00:01 < 00:00:01 < 00:00:01 < 00:00:01
[VT] NEW-SURV.PDF 13.34 Kb 00:00:03 00:00:01 00:00:01 < 00:00:01 < 00:00:01
[VT] NEWEST3.PDF 48.33 Kb 00:00:13 00:00:06 00:00:06 00:00:03 < 00:00:01
[VT] RESUME98.PDF 9.31 Kb 00:00:02 00:00:01 00:00:01 < 00:00:01 < 00:00:01
[VT] TITLE-P.PDF 3.83 Kb 00:00:01 < 00:00:01 < 00:00:01 < 00:00:01 < 00:00:01
[VT] indicates that a file or directory is accessible from the Virginia Tech campus network only.

Browse All Available ETDs by ( Author | Department )

dla home
etds imagebase journals news ereserve special collections
virgnia tech home contact dla university libraries

If you have questions or technical problems, please Contact DLA.