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ERIC Number: ED061177
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Pages: 12
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A Study of Secondary School Teachers' Knowledge of and Attitudes Toward Educational Research.
Short, Byrl G.; Szabo, Michael
The specific objectives of this study include a) the differences in knowledge of educational research among secondary school teachers when stratified on selected demographic variables, b) the differences in attitude of educational research among secondary school teachers, and c) the interaction between knowledge of and attitudes toward educational research. To rate the teachers' knowledge of educational research terminology, a 40-item test was devised. A test to assess teachers' attitudes toward educational research was developed for the study. The subjects were 204 secondary school teachers from western New York State who volunteered for the study. Data included a classification of sex; years of teaching experience; grade level; major subject area; and courses taken in research, measurement, or statistics. The results of the study indicate the value of course work in research, measurement, or statistics. it also identifies some variables which appear to be related to public school teachers' knowledge of educational research terminology and further suggests that attitudes may be independent of knowledge components of educational research. The data indicate that course work or participation in research has a significant effect on teachers' knowledge, but that this gain is not evident after 5 years, suggesting that teachers are not using the knowledge acquired. A bibliography of 12 items is included. (MBM)
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Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Assn., Chicago, April 1972