ERIC Number: ED197863
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
American Indian Students' Perceptions of Actual and Ideal Dormitory Aide Pupil Control Behavior, and Students' Attitudes Regarding Their Dormitory Aides.
Davis, Jim L.
Two hundred and eleven American Indian students (106 males and 105 females) attending an off-reservation BIA elementary boarding school in a predominantly non-Indian community in the midwest were tested to examine the relationship between the congruence of students' perception of and preferences for dormitory aide pupil control behavior and students' positive attitudes toward dormitory aides, dormitory life, and classroom life. The Helsel & Willower Pupil Control Behavior Form, the Ideal Pupil Control Behavior Forms, and the Osgood Semantic Differential were used to measure students' attitudes. Students' statements about their dormitory aides indicated they preferred aide behavior which was more humanistic than what was perceived by students as actual dormitory aide pupil control behavior. Students tended to possess positive attitudes toward their aides when student preference for ideal aide behavior was consistent with students' perceptions of actual aide behavior. As the data indicated, students generally had positive attitudes toward the aides. Contributing considerably to this was the fact that girls in grades 6-8 possessed very positive attitudes toward their dormitory house mothers. The more custodial the dormitory aide pupil control behavior perceived by the student, the less positive the students' attitudes toward the dormitory aide. (NEC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Dormitory Aides
Note: Paper presented for the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April, 1980).