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Universal Journal of Educational Research, v4 n3 p589-597 2016

In the present study, it is aimed to investigate the relationship between the primary school teachers' perceptions of the political skills of school administrators and their perceptions of organizational cynicism. Within the scope of this general purpose, it was investigated whether there was a significant relationship between teachers' perceptions of school administrators' political skills and cognitive, emotional, and behavioral cynicism. The universe of the study is composed of teachers working in the primary schools within the central district borders of Kocaeli province of Turkey. 350 teachers from 21 primary schools chosen via simple random sampling from among 54 primary schools in Izmit district of Kocaeli province made up the sample of this study. "Organizational Cynicism Scale" developed by Brandes et al. (1999) and Political Skill Inventory (PSI) developed by Ferris, Treadway et al. (2005) was used in the present study. The study findings demonstrate a significant positive relationship between the teachers' perceptions of political skills and organizational cynicism. It was also found out that the sincerity dimension of the school administrators' political skills significantly predicts cognitive, emotional, and behavioral cynicism while the social astuteness and sincerity dimensions together have a significant influence on emotional cynicism.

Descriptors: School Administration, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Political Influences, Administrator Qualifications, Leadership Qualities, Organizational Culture, Organizational Climate, Negative Attitudes, Regression (Statistics), Work Ethic, Interpersonal Competence, Foreign Countries, Surveys, Factor Analysis

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Autor: Konakli, Tugba


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