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Empowerment as a source of motivation through teacher-principal interactions

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Bishop, Pamela Winsome (1994) Empowerment as a source of motivation through teacher-principal interactions. Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This study examines field-based teacher-principal interactions that
teachers perceive as empowering. The study also explores those factors
which influence the decisions of principals to selectively empower some
teachers, and how empowerment may impact on teachers' motivation.
Ethnographic methods and techniques including interview, observation, key
informants and triangulation were employed in a multiple-case study of four
inner-urban Melbourne primary schools.
The study of 53 teachers and their principals involved fieldwork being
conducted over a total period of one month. Results from a form of constant
comparative data analysis underscore the need for trust to exist between the
employer, principals and teachers. Being trusted by, and/or having trust in, a
principal contributes to teachers' feelings of empowerment. Failure—by an
employing authority or principal—to evidence trust in the judgements and
skills of teachers to effectively carry out their responsibilities is
disempowering for these employees. At a collective and individual level,
trust in teachers by an employer or principal needs to be augmented with
recognition, respect, support and reliability.
A number of influences contribute to principals' decisions to empower
some colleagues, prominent among which is a belief that a teacher is capable of successfully responding to, or pursuing an initiative, and that the potential
benefits from such an undertaking cohere with the school's philosophy.
Teachers in this study suggest that the empowering of colleagues usually
results in heightened motivation and a preparedness to commit further
efforts in schools.

Item Type: Thesis (Research Master)
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Spiral bound. Available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (MEd)--University of Tasmania, 1995. Includes bibliographical references

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