ERIC Number: ED240097
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Personality Factors in the Student Teaching Triad.
Hughes, Robert, Jr.; And Others
A match or mis-match of cooperating teachers and student teachers on personality characteristics may have an important role in the overall effectiveness of the student teaching experience. Among the different personality factors that may affect participant relationships are flexibility, empathy, and self-esteem. To assess the validity of measures of these traits, 63 cooperating teachers rated themselves on 3 instruments: the Self-Perception Inventory, the Rehfish Rigidity Scale, and the Empathy Construct Rating Scale. Their student teachers and university supervisors rated them on the same instruments. The convergent and discriminant validities were examined for each instrument. Of the scales used to assess the three personality factors which may influence relationships among student teaching triads, only one, the instrument intended to assess flexibility (Rehfish Rigidity Scale), showed adequate validity through the statistically rigorous multitrait-multimethod design. The results of the study emphasize the need for further methodological studies in the examination of teacher characteristics. (JD)
Descriptors: Cooperating Teachers, Empathy, Higher Education, Individual Characteristics, Interpersonal Competence, Personality Measures, Personality Traits, Preservice Teacher Education, Research Methodology, Self Esteem, Student Teacher Supervisors, Student Teachers, Teacher Evaluation, Test Validity
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).