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ERIC Number: ED013236
Record Type: RIE
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TEACHER ATTITUDE TOWARD EVALUATION.
WAGONER, RODERIC L.; O'HANLON, JAMES
TO IDENTIFY FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH TEACHER ATTITUDES TOWARD EVALUATION (OF TEACHERS), A 7-ITEM ATTITUDE QUESTIONNAIRE, CALLING FOR YES-NO RESPONSES TO EXPRESSIONS OF PRESENT AND IDEAL PRACTICES, WAS SENT TO 800 RANDOMLY SELECTED ARIZONA PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS. THE 534 RESPONDENTS WERE CATEGORIZED IN SIX WAYS--(1) WHETHER THEY RATED THEMSELVES AS "BETTER THAN" OR "BELOW" AVERAGE TEACHERS, (2) TENURED AGAINST NONTENURED TEACHERS, (3) MEN AGAINST WOMEN, (4) FEMALE ELEMENTARY AGAINST FEMALE SECONDARY TEACHERS, (5) FEMALE SECONDARY AGAINST MALE SECONDARY TEACHERS, AND (6) THOSE IN MERIT PAY AGAINST NONMERIT PAY SCHOOL DISTRICTS. AS HYPOTHESIZED, (A) BETTER THAN AVERAGE AND (B) NONTENURED TEACHERS SHOWED SIGNIFICANTLY MORE POSITIVE ATTITUDES TOWARD EVALUATION. ALL OTHER DIFFERENCES WERE IN THE HYPOTHESIZED DIRECTION, BUT NOT SIGNIFICANTLY SO--(C) MEN, (D) FEMALE SECONDARY, AS CONTRASTED WITH ELEMENTARY, TEACHERS, (E) FEMALE, OVER MALE, SECONDARY TEACHERS, AND (F) MERIT PAY TEACHERS SHOWED BETTER ATTITUDES. SUBSIDIARY ANALYSES SHOWED NO DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY TEACHERS AND GOOD AGREEMENT BETWEEN ATTITUDES TOWARD PRESENT AND IDEAL PRACTICES. THE FINDINGS SHOW THAT--(1) "THOSE WHO CAN SEE A POSSIBLE REWARD FROM EVALUATION OF THEIR TEACHING AND WHO WISH TO COMPETE FOR THIS REWARD" FAVOR EVALUATION, (11) ATTITUDES TOWARD EVALUATION ARE PREDICTABLE, AND (III) A FEELING OF THREAT IS NOT A NECESSARY CONSEQUENCE OF EVALUATION. (AF)
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