PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS' WORK AND UNION ATTITUDES

STEVEN MICHAEL BENARDO, Fordham University

Abstract

A study of the relationship among and between the work and the union attitudes of assistant principals and principals in the public elementary and junior high schools in New York City was conducted in 1978. This project utilized the theoretical foundations of Herzberg to study work orientations; the historical/analytical hypothesis of Tannenbaum to classify union attitudes; and the Dunlop matrix to study the interrelationship between unions and their membership and unions and employers. In addition, seven dichotomous variables were studied in relation to work and union attitudes.^ The seven members of the Board of Education of New York City and the ten members of the executive board of the union were provided an instrument entitled, The C.S.A. Today. Two community school districts were selected for the body of the study. All of the assistant principals and principals in the districts were provided a demographic survey and two validated, expert jury certified instruments: The Administrator Attitude Questionnaire and the Administrator Union Attitude Opinionnaire.^ A discrete presentation of the data followed the Dunlop thesis; pearson product correlational analysis was used to study the relationship of the work and union attitudes; and stepwise multiple regression analysis was initiated to test for subtle interrelationships.^ The divergence of opinion between the union hierarchy and the Board of Education was noted in the responses to The C.S.A. Today. Here, the role of the union as a force to be reckoned with was distilled. While job satisfaction was not significantly related to job dissatisfaction, (Herzberg thesis corroborated), job satisfaction was significantly related (inversely) to local union. Semipartial correlations, however, revealed more of a relationship between job satisfaction and the union variables than did job dissatisfaction.^ An epilogue was presented detailing the history of this investigation. Included were (in Chapter V) recommendations to school boards for appropriate collective bargaining strategy and contracts as well as suggestions for further research.^

Subject Area

Educational administration

Recommended Citation

BENARDO, STEVEN MICHAEL, "PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS' WORK AND UNION ATTITUDES" (1982). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI8223589.
https://fordham.bepress.com/dissertations/AAI8223589

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