DECISION MAKING STYLES OF HIGH, AVERAGE AND LOW ACHIEVING PROSPECTIVE TEACHERS By Dr. Ajay Kumar Attri[1]

Abstract

Effective decision-making helps not only the organizational needs of educational institutions but also useful to a teacher also. Teacher as an effective decision-maker can do his job with more efficiently if he adheres to his preferred styles of decision-making. In teaching learning process a teacher has to take a number of decisions at planning, executing, organizing and evaluating levels. In the beginning over 501 secondary prospective teachers (B.Ed. students) from eight private B.Ed. Institutions of Himachal Pradesh were selected randomly. The research tool used in this study is Hindi version of General Decision-Making Style (GDMS) Scale developed by Scott and Bruce (1995) and was adapted by the researchers. Significant differences were found in four decision-making styles of prospective teachers with high, average and low academic achievement. Prospective teachers with high level of academic achievement tended more toward Rational and Intuitive, decision making styles than their counterparts’ low achieving prospective teachers. Contrary to this, prospective teachers with low academic achievement preferred Dependent and Avoidant decision-making styles more than prospective teachers with high level of academic achievement.High achieving prospective teachers had adopted rational style more than average achieving prospective teachers, and Average achieving prospective teachers was higher on preference for Rational and Intuitive styles than low achieving prospective teachers. No significant difference was observed in Spontaneous style of decision-making of high, average and low achieving prospective teachers.

Keywords: Style, Intuitive, Rational, Dependent, Avoidant, Spontaneous.

[1] Assistant Professor (Education), ICDEOL, Himachal Pradesh University, Summerhill.

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