ERIC Number: ED063280
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-May
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Teacher "Attitudes" vs. Teacher Behavior. Final Report.
This study investigated prediction of teacher behavior by attitudinal variables and was based upon a theory currently being researched in social psychology. The sample of 103 teachers of grades K-6, representing about half of the elementary schools in a large public school system, had attended a summer social studies institute which stressed the use of inquiry strategies for value analysis and clarification. Teachers completed a questionnaire and taped three 15-minute discussions with small groups. A questionnaire and behavior coding scheme were developed to measure attitudes and behavior in relation to training program objectives. Analysis of the results, using multiple regression and canonical correlation, yielded the following conclusions: 1) The best predictor of a single act behavior is its corresponding behavioral intention. 2) A general attitude measure can predict a multiple act criterion better than a single act criterion. 3) Perceived difficulty of performing a behavior, while consistently negatively correlated with behavior, is not highly related to overt behavior. 4) Level of commitment does not improve behavioral prediction. Prediction of single questioning behaviors by other coded behaviors was also investigated and discussed in the context of the conceptual relationship of coded behaviors to existing taxonomies. An extensive bibliography and appendixes are included. (Author)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Nova Univ., Fort Lauderdale, FL.