ERIC Number: ED030620
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
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A Study of the Construct Validity of the Teaching Situation Reaction Test.
Murray, C. Kenneth; Duncan, James K.
This investigation was conducted to determine the construct validity of the Teaching Situation Reaction Test (TSRT), which is used to assess preservice education students' reactions to teaching situations. (The testee responds by ranking four answers or options provided for each question regarding the situation.) Specifically, the study investigated relationships between the TSRT (including separate correlations for subscales and option rankings) and six personality traits (objectivity, sociability, control, confidence, reflectiveness, and empathy) identified with the TSRT and measured by six selected tests. Each student in the sample completed all six tests and the TSRT. Factor analysis and correlation of data revealed that the TSRT is related to objectivity, control, confidence, and empathy; that some TSRT factors (subscales) are related to all the traits except confidence; that there is a consistent relationship between option rankings of TSRT items and control; and that females have more relationship with empathy and less with control (the reverse is true for males). Implications of the study include the possibility of developing personality profiles of reactions to situations posed in the TSRT and of using the TSRT to assess preservice courses and to determine areas of teacher performance which could be developed in preservice courses. Further research is needed to improve the TSRT as a research tool for preservice education. (LP)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus.