ERIC Number: ED179580
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-24
Reference Count: 0
The Educational Forces Inventory: A New Technique for Measuring Influences on the Classroom.
Rayder, Nicholas F.; Body, Bart
The Educational Forces Inventory (EFI) charts the relative influence of 13 factors on teacher morale and classroom effectiveness. Ten general factors are: school principal; central office administrative personnel; other teachers in the school; parents; prescribed curriculum; testing programs; state legislation; physical facilities; community social environment; and curriculum personnel. Three components applicable to this sample--Project Follow Through teachers--are: program director, program advisor, and other adults in the classroom. Several hundred Follow Through teachers and teaching assistants in grades K-3 participated in a field test of the instrument, with concurrent administration of the Purdue Teacher Opinionaire (PTO). They characterized each force along two dimensions: the amount of influence it exerts upon the classroom process, and the degree to which this influence is positive or negative. The data indicated test validity: the pattern of importance ratings corresponded to independently assessed patterns of physical and social distance; the positive ratings for particular forces correlated substantially with corresponding subscores of the PTO; and the pattern of responses reflected aspects of internal consistency. Some ways of utilizing EFI data are: plotting and interpreting two-dimensional force fields, using them in program implementation, and facilitating the work of the teacher in the classroom. (Author/MH)
Descriptors: Affective Measures, Community Characteristics, Educational Environment, Elementary School Teachers, Environmental Influences, Force Field Analysis, Measurement Techniques, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Primary Education, Public School Teachers, Research Reports, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Morale, Teaching Conditions, Test Validity
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers: Educational Forces Inventory; Purdue Teacher Opinionaire