Values and Commitment: A Test of Schwartz's Human Values Theory Among Arab Teachers in Israel

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  • Aaron Cohen

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    1. School of Political Science
      University of Haifa
      Haifa, Israel
      Aaron Cohen, School of Political Science, Division of Public Administration, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel 31905. E-mail: acohen@poli.haifa.ac.il
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Aaron Cohen, School of Political Science, Division of Public Administration, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel 31905. E-mail: acohen@poli.haifa.ac.il

Abstract

This study examines the relationship between individual-level values, using Schwartz's theory, and organizational and occupational commitment among Israeli Arabs. The sample includes 369 Arab teachers working in 14 schools in Arab communities in the north of Israel, with a response rate of 65%. The findings show a significant effect of 2 values—benevolence and conformity—on most organizational and occupational commitment dimensions, above and beyond the effect of demographic variables. The specific relationships found here are attributed to the characteristics of the sample. Implications of the findings for continuing research on this issue are emphasized.

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