ERIC Number: ED214287
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
A Comparison of the Attitudes of Elementary, Middle and High School Teachers.
Gordon, Jeffrey S.
The attitudes of teachers of the middle grades (grades 6, 7, and 8) are compared, along various dimensions, to those of elementary and high school teachers in this study. The sample consisted of 73 graduates of the University of Cincinnati teacher education programs employed as teachers in the metropolitan Cincinnati (Ohio) area. All of the teachers had at least one year of teaching experience at the level taught during the time of the data collection. The teachers responded to the Minnesota Teacher Attitude Inventory, a 150-item, Likert-scaled instrument that measures attitudes of teachers towards their students. Five distinct dimensions measured by the instrument were utilized. Data analysis involved the use of multivariate analysis of variance, a discriminant analysis, and univariate F-tests. Teachers of the middle grades tended to have more negative attitudes towards their students than teachers in the other two groups, particularly the high school teachers. Middle grade teachers generally felt the students are more irresponsible and less interested in school work and believed their own students' interests were more often at cross purposes with the schools' interests than did teachers of the other grade levels. Possible explanations are suggested. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Middle Schools, Multivariate Analysis, Student Teacher Relationship, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes
Not available separately; see EA 014 535.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Middle School Association, Fairborn, OH.
Identifiers: Minnesota Teacher Attitude Inventory
Note: Paper included in "Middle School Research. Selected Studies 1977-1979. Volume III" (EA 014 535). For related documents, see EA 014 535-543.