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Personality and Organizational Cynicism: Predicting the Innovative Work Behavior of Teachers in International Schools

Tziala, Angeliki (2018) Personality and Organizational Cynicism: Predicting the Innovative Work Behavior of Teachers in International Schools.

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Abstract:Educational innovation is a necessity in today’s rapidly changing world. Teachers are the most important asset of schools, and they are expected to be innovators themselves for sustainable educational change to be realized. This study aimed to determine the underlying factors of teachers’ innovativeness. The focus was twofold. The first part examined whether distinct groups of innovators exists among teachers based on their innovative work behavior (IWB), using Rogers’ (2003) model as framework. The second part examined personality and organizational cynicism as predictors of teachers’ IWB. The sample consisted in total of 61 teachers (70.5% female; M = 43.33 years) from various international schools across the world. An online self-rated questionnaire was assigned to the participants via email, which they completed after their consent. Cluster analysis was conducted to investigate the structure of the sample in terms of their IWB. The findings suggested that four, instead of Rogers’ five, innovator categories were evident among the participants, displaying however some resemblance with Rogers’ model. Regression analysis showed proactivity, agreeableness and neuroticism to be the best set of predictors of teachers’ IWB. The implications of this research along with suggestions for future research are provided.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/76736
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