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ERIC Number: ED011884
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Feb
Pages: 28
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Reference Count: 0
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HEAD START TEACHERS' ETHNIC GROUP MEMBERSHIP AND ATTITUDE TOWARD CHILD BEHAVIOR, SOME RELATIONSHIPS.
BOGER, ROBERT P.
TO DETERMINE IF EXPERIENCED TEACHERS OF THE DISADVANTAGED WITH SIMILAR SOCIOECONOMIC BACKGROUNDS BUT OF VARIOUS ETHNIC ORIGINS WOULD DIFFER IN (1) ATTITUDES AND SENSITIVITIES TOWARD CHILD BEHAVIOR AND (2) LEVELS OF OPTIMISM ABOUT WORKING WITH AND HEADSTART TEACHERS WERE STUDIED. THE MINNESOTA TEACHER HEADSTART TEACHERS WERE STUDIED. THE MINNESOTA TEACHER ATTITUDE INVENTORY AND TWO EXPERIMENTAL SCALES, ONE DEALING WITH ATTITUDES TOWARDS SPECIFIC CHILD BEHAVIORS, THE OTHER WITH POSSIBLE CAUSES OF THAT BEHAVIOR, WERE ADMINISTERED TO THE TEACHERS WHO WERE MEXICAN-AMERICAN, ANGLO, AND NEGRO. FINDINGS WERE--(1) NEGRO AND MEXICAN-AMERICAN TEACHERS ENTERED THE PROGRAM WITH MORE EAGERNESS AND EMPATHY, (2) NEGRO AND MEXICAN-AMERICANS WERE MORE OPTIMISTIC ABOUT OBTAINING POSITIVE RESULTS, (3) ANGLO TEACHERS APPEARED LESS DOMINATIVE AND AUTHORITARIAN THAN DID MEXICAN-AMERICAN AND NEGRO TEACHERS IN THEIR ATTITUDES TOWARD CHILD BEHAVIOR (HOWEVER, THESE DIFFERENCES, PARTICULARLY BETWEEN NEGRO AND ANGLO TEACHERS, TENDED TO DECREASE WITH TEACHING EXPERIENCE), AND (4) NEGRO TEACHERS VIEWED CHILD BEHAVIOR AS BEING LESS ENVIRONMENTALLY AND MORE BIOGENICALLY DETERMINED THAN DID MEXICAN-AMERICANS, WHO, IN TURN, WERE MORE DISPOSED TO THESE VIEWS THAN WERE ANGLO TEACHERS. THIS PAPER WAS PRESENTED AT THE AMERICAN EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING (NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 1967). (RP)
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Identifiers: Behavior Classification Checklist; Child Attitudes Survey; Minnesota Teacher Attitude Inventory; PROJECT HEAD START