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ERIC Number: ED022719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 14
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Empirical Evidence and Personal Consistency.
Vickery, Tom Rusk; Brown, Bob Burton
To investigate the use of measures of belief and systematic observations of classroom behavior to increase consistency between beliefs and teaching practices, 3 questions were posed: (1) Will teachers develop a more consistent body of beliefs when given empirical evidence of their logical inconsistency? (2) Will such teachers come to behave more or less in accordance with their professed beliefs? (3) Can measures of a teacher's beliefs be used to predict changes in behavior that occur when he is exposed to empirical evidence of his personal inconsistency? The Teacher Practices Inventory, the Personal Beliefs Inventory, and the Teacher Practices Observation Record were used to measure beliefs and behavior in terms of agreement or disagreement with John Dewey's philosophy of experimentalism; Rokeach's Dogmatism Scale was used to measure openness to change. Fifty-three teachers were tested and observed teaching both before and after an extended inservice program. Statistical analysis of the data provided negative answers to all three questions. A particular difficulty encountered in this research was the existence of white and Negro subgroups in the group of teachers tested. The Negro teachers in this rural area of South Florida, apparently anxious to avoid contact with white authority whenever possible, seemed particularly threatened by the white observers. (SG)
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