ERIC Number: ED255533
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-5
Reference Count: 0
Stereotyping: "Teacher" and "Good Teacher" Characteristics.
This study of teacher characteristics investigated: (1) whether students construct a stereotype from the term "teacher" (a nonmodified concept); (2) the differences between this and a stereotype for "good teacher" (a modified concept); and (3) stereotype characteristics in the students' vocabulary. Three hundred high school students from five Salt Lake City high schools were asked first to list in five minutes all the one-word characteristics of a "teacher" they could think of. The procedure was then repeated for a "good teacher." The 35 most frequent characteristics were rank ordered for both terms. Results indicated totally negative stereotypes for the concept "teacher." Seventy-five percent of the students identified teachers as mean. Other terms were boring, unemotional, cold, humorless, and uncaring. The "good teacher" concept produced a strong positive stereotype with terms such as nice, warm, friendly, caring, and interesting. Teachers should be aware of these stereotypes when entering the classroom. "Good" teacher listings could be used for emphasis in teacher training and inservice teacher education. (BS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Utah (Salt Lake City)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Northern Rocky Mountain Educational Research Association (2nd, Jackson Hole, WY, October 4-6, 1984).