Examining Primary School Teachers’ Opinions About Political Behaviors Used by School Principals

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Himmetoğlu B., Terzi Ç.

ATEE ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017, Dubrovnik, Croatia, 23 - 25 October 2017, pp.83-84

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Dubrovnik
  • Country: Croatia
  • Page Numbers: pp.83-84
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


Groups and behaviours of group members have been evaluated as one of the important topics in the management literature. Research shows that organization members exhibit different behaviours when they join the group (Allport, 1920, Asan and Aydin, 2006, p.192). Some studies assert that joining a group increases individuals’ productivity, while other claim that joining a group decreases individuals’ productivity (Asan and Aydin, 2006, p.193, Erturk, 2010, p.255). Social loafing is a concept which emphasizes decrease in productivity of a person who belongs to a group. Social loafing means that people put in less effort than expected in group studies (Ilgin, 2013, p.239). Social loafing is defined as decrease in effort and motivation when individuals work cooperatively in a group compared with when they work individually (Karau and Williams, 1995, p.135). Social loafing, emphasizing decrease in productivity in group studies, has a negative effect on the performance of organization members and attainment level of organization goals. Achieving organizational goals in educational institutions is crucial for satisfying the expectations of both people and society (Toprakci, 1995, p.113). Therefore, educational institutions have more critical importance than other organizations with respect to their goals. For this reason, it is important to determine teachers’ perceptions about social loafing in schools. However, a better way is to determine perceptions of workers about co-workers social loafing especially in evaluation of social loafing at the level of an organization. From this point of view, the aim of the study is to determine perceptions of primary school teachers about coworkers social loafing. The model of the study is a survey model. The population of the study consisted of 2,036 teachers who work in primary schools affiliated to Tepebasi and Odunpazari District National Education Directorate in 2015-2016 academic year. The data were collected by “Perceived Co-worker Social Loafing Scale”, and “Personal Information Form”. In the analysis of the data, SPSS 22 packaged software was used. The data are analyzed using descriptive statistics, independent sample t-test and one way ANOVA.