ERIC Number: ED055199
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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Development of an Instrument to Measure the Change Orientation of Vocational Teachers.
Russell, Earl Bell
To develop and test an instrument designed to measure change orientation in vocational teachers as a means of identifying potential innovators and teachers most receptive to change, 250 vocational teachers were divided into "early adopter" and "laggard" groups and were administered an instrument containing eight attitude subscales designed to measure change orientations. In addition, a short form of the Rokeach Dogmatism Scales, Rotter Internal-External Control Scale, Dye Local-Cosmopolitan Scale, and the McClosky Conservatism Scale were included in the instrument for cross-validation and for assessing attributes believed to be closely associated with change orientation. Usable returns from 78 percent of the early adopter group and 69 percent of the laggard group revealed that change orientation is measurable. Early adopters and laggards differed significantly in five of the attitude subscales, and a general factor scale identified by factor analysis, consisting of 21 items, was a powerful discriminator between the groups. Construct validity was confirmed by the finding that teachers with high change orientation scores were less dogmatic, less conservative, and more cosmopolitan in view points. Concurrent validity was confirmed by the finding that early adopters had over twice as many unusual or unique features in their instructional programs as did laggards. (Author)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Research, Instrumentation, Measurement Instruments, Teacher Attitudes, Test Validity, Testing, Vocational Education, Vocational Education Teachers
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Sponsor: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Vocational and Technical Education.
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University