A COMPARISON OF THE OPINIONS OF PRINCIPALS, CURRICULUM SUPERVISORS, TEACHER NEGOTIATORS, AND BOARD NEGOTIATORS FROM NEGOTIATING SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN TENNESSEE
A study was made to compare the opinions of board negotiators, curriculum supervisors, principals, and teacher negotiators on items possibly negotiated into a contract in Tennessee. Opinions of the four groups were gathered by means of a 26 item instrument. Comparisons were made on the basis of the four positions and on the size of the school district.^ The following questions were established as a guide for research in this study: (1) Was there a continuum of opinion among these categories of school personnel? (2) What were the areas of agreement and disagreement among school personnel and officials? (3) Into which category did principals and curriculum supervisors fit--labor or management?^ Findings. (1) A statistically significant difference appeared from the surveyed groups on 22 of the 26 statements. (2) A continuum of opinion found board negotiators at one end and teacher negotiators at the other end. Principals and curriculum supervisors represented the middle portion. (3) Principals seemed more closely aligned with teacher negotiators and curriculum supervisors seemed more closely aligned with board negotiators. (4) Responses according to the size of a school system were found to be statistically significant on five of the 26 statements. (5) Responses to cost-of-living escalator clause were found to be statistically significant by both position and size. (6) Both items of leave provisions were found to be statistically significant by both position and size. (7) On many items which received fairly high levels of agreement and disagreement, respondents from small systems usually were more undecided. (8) On many items (except corporal punishment) which received divided agreement and disagreement, respondents from large systems seemed more opinionated. On these items large systems showed lower levels of undecided response. ^
SAMMY V. SWOR,
"A COMPARISON OF THE OPINIONS OF PRINCIPALS, CURRICULUM SUPERVISORS, TEACHER NEGOTIATORS, AND BOARD NEGOTIATORS FROM NEGOTIATING SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN TENNESSEE"
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