ERIC Number: ED213745
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Accuracy of Teachers' Self-Reports: Evidence from an Observational Study of Open Education.
Traub, Ross E.; Weiss, Joel
The belief of educational researchers that teacher self-reports cannot be trusted, and the provision of validation evidence for a teacher self-report questionnaire on open education are the purposes of this study. Data were collected in two classes in each of eight schools, which were a stratified (by architecture and by programmatic openness) subsample of the 72 schools involved in a larger study. The data for each of the 16 classes included reports from teachers (Dimensions of Schooling Questionnaire--DISC) and two kinds of data from each of three or four different observers. One kind of observer data paralleled that provided by the teachers; the other consisted of low inference observations of students and teachers. A correlational analysis was made of three sets of variables. Findings support the conclusion that teacher self-reports may constitute better evidence about teaching than previously believed. Also, these results support the use of DISC as a measure of several important dimensions of school program. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada; Dimensions of Schooling Questionnaire; Observational Studies; Observer Reliability; Self Report Measures
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (66th, New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).