Creativity and work habits as decision style correlates among school administrators

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Author: Perales, Laura G.

Accession Number: 591D

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Copyright Year: 1996

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This investigation aimed at ascertaining creativity, work habits, and decision style among the secondary school administrators in the province of Antique. It likewise sought to determine whether significant correlations existed among personal and school related variables,creativity,work habits, and decision style among administrators. This descriptive-correlational research utilized three sets of instruments: Raudsepp's Creativity Questionnaire (1984), Singer's Work Habits Test (1986), and Ariyawanakit's Decision Style Questionnaire (1983). The instruments were trial administered among 38 elementary school administrators in the province of Antique. Factor analysis revealed that the test items were valid constructs for administration in the local setting as evidenced by factor loads which ranged from 0.70 to 0.85. The final subject were the 34 public and 11 private high school administrators chosen at random. Means and standard deviations, the t-test, Wilcoxon Sum-Ranks Test for independent samples, and the Pearson r were employed as statistical tools. The .05 alpha level was used for inferential tests. Study results showed that the administrators were noncreative, had very good work habits,and preferred joining style in decision-making. As to creativity, the following groups of administrators were significantly more non-creative: female, older,single, those with short administrative and long teaching experience, and managing small faculty groups than the male, younger, married, those with short administrative and long teaching experience, and managing large faculty groups. As to work habits, the female administrators reflected better work habits than the males. No significant differences were noted in the decision style among the school administrators. Gender was significantly and positively correlated with the administrators' work habits; while teaching experience was significantly but negatively correlated with creativity. Finally, no significant relations existed among the administrators' creativity, work habits, and decision style.


Keywords: Creativity, Work habits, Decision style

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