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Investigating the relationship between primary and secondary level public school teachers' readiness for change and perceived organizational trust

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2010
Zayim, Merve
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between teachers’ intentional, emotional, and cognitive readiness for change and perceived faculty trust in colleagues, in principal, and in clients (students and parents).The study was designed as a correlational study and the participants comprised of 603 teachers working at primary and secondary level public schools selected from the four school districts in Ankara via cluster sampling. For the data collection, newly developed Readiness for Change Scale and Turkish adaptation of Omnibus T-Scale were utilized. Both descriptive and inferential statistics techniques (Canonical Correlation) were used for the data analysis. Confirmatory factor analysis for Readiness for Change Scale and Omnibus T-Scale were also performed within the scope of this study. Descriptive and inferential statistical analyses were performed by the software PASW Statistics 18 while the confirmatory factor analysis was performed by the software AMOS 4. The results of the study revealed that teachers’ readiness for change and perceived organizational trust were significantly correlated with each other in a way that intentional, emotional, and cognitive readiness for change were all associated with teachers’ readiness for change and contributed significantly in perceived organizational trust. Conversely, the results indicated that perceived faculty trust in colleagues, in principal, and in clients (students and parents) are all correlated with perceived organizational trust, and contributed significantly in teachers’ readiness for change. Consequently, the results of this study revealed that organizational trust is an essential internal context variable, which is correlated with teachers’ readiness for change. In this respect, the decision-making body of educational organizations, MONE, and schools should undertake necessary precautions to empower trust-based relationship within the teacher, principal and client (students and parents) triangulation for effective implementation and desired outcomes of the change interventions.