he purpose of this study is to investigate the relationship between DNA profiles of schools and the levels of teachers’ academic optimism. The population of this research which is a relational survey model is composed of the teachers working in Uşak and the sample of the study is consisted of 333 teachers. Convenience sampling was used in the research. The data were collected through ‘Organizational DNA Scale’ and ‘School Academic Optimism Scale.’ The data were analysed by using arithmetic mean, one- way ANOVA, Pearson correlation coefficient and multiple regression analysis. The results of the study indicated that teachers thought that schools had the DNA profiles of resilient organization at high level, military organization at medium level and full- time organization. According to the teachers, the schools had random, administrative- oriented and passive aggressive organizations at a low level. Teachers’ perceptions on DNA profiles vary by the levels of the schools they have been working. In addition, it was revealed that the level of teachers’ academic optimism was at medium level. The level of teachers’ academic optimism showed significant difference based on the level of schools they have been working. There was a medium- level, positive- oriented, significant relationship between teachers’ perceptions of resilient and just in time organization profiles regarding the schools and the level of academic optimism. However, there was no significant relationship between teachers’ perceptions of military organization profiles concerning the schools and their academic optimism levels. According to the study, there was a medium- level, negative- oriented and significant relationship between teachers’ perceptions of fit and starts, over-managed and passive aggressive organization profiles and their academic optimism levels. Moreover, it was found in the research that teachers’ perceptions of military and just in time organization profiles concerning the schools predicted their academic optimism levels.
Organizational DNA, DNA profile, academic optimism, self- efficacy, trust, academic emphasis