Position Paper

1156 Words Aug 5th, 2015 5 Pages
Kevin Bateman

MBA 633 Position Paper
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In 2009, Ashley Payne was summoned to her principal’s office at Apalachee High School in Winder, Georgia. Miss Payne was an English teacher at the time. Her principal ask if she had a Facebook page and when she answered yes, the principal asked Miss Payne if she had pictures of her drinking alcohol and using profanity on her Facebook page. There were pictures on her page from a summer trip to Ireland in which she is seen holding a glass of wine and beer. The profanity was a comment Miss Payne made about attending a local event known as “Crazy Bitch Bingo”. When Ashley replied yes, the principal told her she had the choice of resigning or face an immediate suspension. Miss Payne
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It is the teacher’s responsibility to conduct themselves in a manner in which their actions can be perceived as being positive. In the case of Miss Payne, the material she posted on her Facebook page allows people to perceive and make judgments about her alcohol use. Since she is a teacher, the connection can then be made that all teachers act in this way. This would be stereotyping, which is to classify persons into a group based on perception errors (Luthans, 2011). Ashley Payne is also effected by her pictures through the Halo/Horns effect of social perception as well. The halo/horn effect is when a person is perceived as positive or negative on the basis of a single trait or event (Luthans, 2011). For example, Miss Payne was seen as a good teacher in her interactions with students. She did not have any history of misconduct. After the anonymous tip which led to the principal seeing her Facebook page, Miss Payne fell victim to the Horns effect in which one event changed the perception others had of her. Another theory that applies in this case is Azjen’s Theory of Planned Behavior. This theory started out back in the 1980s as Martin Fishbein’s Theory of Reasoned Action and together with Azjen adjusted it when they added the Perceived Behavioral Control portion to original theory. This theory is used to explain behavior in a variety of situations. The theory is made up of behavioral beliefs, normative beliefs, and control beliefs which are

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