Authors : Norazlinda Saad and Surendran Sankaran
Abstract: The question of teachers involved in decision making in schools has now become an important issue. While studies show that collaborative decision making processes are being practised in schools, the practice is still relative low. The purpose of this study is to find out the relationship between teachers involved in decision making and their commitments to the schools. This is a descriptive study based on a survey done. The population involved are the teachers in high achieving SMKs in Kedah. The sample consisted of 399 teachers chosen randomly. The highly reliable questionnaire consisted of 40 items (Cronbach alpha = 0.94). The data was analysed using descriptive statistics and correlation testing. The study showed that while the role of teachers in decision making is at a low level, the commitment of the teachers in these high achieving SMKs is at an average level. The study also shows that the variable of teachers involved in decision making has a significant relationship with the commitment of the teachers to their schools. On the whole the study showed that teachers needed be given ample opportunities in the decision making process so as to raise their commitments. They should also not be burdened with other criteria. This is because the level of commitment among teachers to the schools will rise with the level of involvement of teachers in decision making.
Norazlinda Saad and Surendran Sankaran, 2016. Collaborative Decisions and the Commitment of Teachers to the Schools. The Social Sciences, 11: 7408-7412.