ERIC Number: ED367611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Effects of Gender on Perceptions of Teacher Influence.
Behrens, Richard; And Others
This study was conducted to determine whether differences exist between the perceptions of constituent groups concerning what a teacher must do to produce student success in the classroom. Specifically, three research questions were addressed: (1) do preservice teachers, inservice teachers, school administrators, and college professors differ in their perceptions of effective teacher characteristics? (2) do males and females differ in their perceptions of effective teacher characteristics? and (3) will there be an interaction between group membership and gender related to perceptions of effective teaching characteristics? A survey instrument, the Perceptions of Teacher Influence, was administered to preservice teachers (N=349), inservice teachers (N=253), school administrators (N=123), and college professors (N=39). Results indicated a significant groups-by-gender interaction for three variables (matching instruction to each student's abilities, teaching students to think for themselves, and showing enthusiasm when teaching). Interaction patterns revealed that females across groups responded similarly, and at a higher level than males, to each variable; administrators were the most similar in their responses; and professors exhibited the most difference in gender perceptions. (Contains 26 references.) (LL)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Attitude Measures, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Females, Higher Education, Males, Principals, Secondary School Teachers, Sex Differences, Superintendents, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Educators, Teacher Effectiveness
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Mississippi; Preservice Teachers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, November 10-12, 1993).