ERIC Number: ED022716
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
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Changes in Pupil-Teacher Attitudes: Yeasayers vs. Naysayers.
Lantz, Donald L.; Bott, William K.
A study investigated the relationship of traits measured by the California F Scale (a measure of anti-democratic attitudes) with changes in attitudes as measured by the Minnesota Teacher Attitude Inventory (MTAI) during a one-semester course of educational psychology. A 2 x 2 factorial design was used, classifying 132 sophomore education students into 4 groups depending on their placement in the upper or lower half of the distribution of the MTAI and F scale scores. Analysis of MTAI posttest scores adjusted for MTAI pretest and College Qualification Test verbal scores supported the major hypothesis: that students who have relatively high F scores will show less positive change in attitudes on the MTAI than students who have relatively low F scores. But minor hypotheses were not supported: there were no differences in MTAI gains between students in the upper and lower half of the distribution of MTAI scores, and there was no interaction between the two factors, pre-MTAI and F score. It may be concluded that greater improvement in attitudes toward teacher and pupil relations may be expected of more critical and independent students (the naysayers expressing democratic attitudes) than may be expected of students characterized as yeasayers and/or as holding authoritarian attitudes. Included is an 8-item bibliography. (JS)
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Identifiers: California F Scale (Adorno et al); Minnesota Teacher Attitude Inventory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Reasearch Association, Chicago, Ill., Feb. 10, 1968.