ERIC Number: ED043655
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Jan
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The Development of an Instrument to Measure Teacher Attitudes toward Evaluation (TATE).
Stern, Carolyn; Rosenquist, Barbara
A teacher's attitudes toward a given testing procedure in particular, and evaluation and research procedures in general, may adversely affect the children's performance and consequently the resulting data. The UCLA Head Start Evaluation and Research Center found it necessary to design an instrument which would focus on those attitudes of teachers which relate to the conduct of a comprehensive testing program to investigate fully an intervention procedure designed to foster favorable attitudes toward and increased understanding of the evaluation program. The Fishbein Attitude and Beliefs Scale theories, which hold that an individual's attitude towards any object is a function of his beliefs about that object, were selected as the most appropriate. The Teacher Attitudes Toward Evaluation (TATE) was developed and the pilot test indicated that there was a high positive correlation between the attitude toward the object and the obtained measure of the attitude. Subsequent use of TATE in a field study revealed that in almost all cases increases in knowledge about the research or evaluation in progress were paralleled by increases in favorable attitudes toward various components of evaluation. These changes were significantly greater for a group which received feedback, but this was true only on the items related to the intervention itself. Analysis of the responses to the TATE scales is provided and further use of the instrument in evaluation studies is suggested. (PR)
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
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