ERIC Number: ED242678
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
The Congruency of Teachers' Beliefs and Practices.
Dobson, Russell L.; Dobson, Judith E.
A report is given of a procedure that may be used by teachers to reconsider their educational beliefs and practices, and determine whether their teaching behaviors are in accordance with their professed beliefs. Part I of the procedure, the Educational Beliefs System Inventory, is a 69-item inventory composed of statements of beliefs about human nature, motivation, conditions of learning, social learning, intellectual development, knowledge, and society. An equal number of statements from three different philosophic camps accompany these statements so the teacher may check a preferred philosophy. The choices are drawn from: (1) behavioristic psychology (essentialism); (2) cognitive psychology (experimentalism); and (3) humanistic psychology (existentialism). The second part of the procedure, the Educational Practice Belief Inventory, requires responses to statements on beliefs about instruction, curriculum, organization, content, materials and resources, and evaluation and provides a philosophical profile of the individual relative to the three philosophic camps. A graphic depiction of results will produce an individual profile of beliefs and practices. It is suggested that comparison and discussion of the profiles will inspire thinking and dialogue about the professional direction the teacher or faculty wish to pursue. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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