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ERIC Number: ED397098
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar-8
Pages: 16
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An Investigation into the Test Reliability of the Pupil Control Ideology Form.
Gaffney, Patrick V.; Byrd-Gaffney, Sharon
The Pupil Control Ideology Form (PCI) is one of the major instruments used by researchers interested in the study of school climate. Pupil control is a central feature of the organizational life of schools, and each school appears to have a prevailing ideology of pupil control. The PCI is a self-report instrument used to measure an educator's orientation toward pupil control along a bipolar custodial-humanistic continuum. Various studies have reported on the test reliability of the PCI using test-retest, split-half, and Cronbach's alpha techniques. Evidence of the construct validity of the PCI has been provided by comparing teachers' PCI responses to their principals' judgments of their orientations and by comparing responses of teachers from schools known to be highly custodial with responses from humanistic schools. Studies have supported the internal consistency of the instrument with preservice teachers, and other studies have supported its reliability with elementary and secondary school teachers in the classroom. Evidence supports the adequacy of the instrument for use in research on teacher ideology. Recommendations are made for enhancing the reliability of the PCI with cross-cultural groups and for additional study with other teacher populations. (Contains 38 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Alpha Coefficient; Control (Social Behavior); Custodial Approach; Preservice Teachers; Pupil Control Ideology Form; Self Report Measures; Split Half Test Reliability; Test Retest Reliability