ERIC Number: ED067459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Teacher Attitudes and Teacher Adoption of Concepts and Practices in Programs for the Disadvantaged.
Miller, Texton R.; Strickland, Cecil L.
This study on teacher attitudes and practices is a followup of 85 teachers who one year earlier had attended an institute on the disadvantaged. Two objectives of the questionnaire survey were: (1) to determine whether there was a difference between teachers' attitudes and their perception of their administrators' viewpoints and (2) to determine the extent to which teachers adopted a group of selected practices in a program for the disadvantaged. Included in the findings are: (1) There was a small difference between teachers' attitudes and perceptions of their principals' attitudes toward selected concepts related to school programs for disadvantaged pupils, (2) More than three-fourths of the teachers reported that they had reached at least stage IV --anticipated trial-- in adoption of the list of 36 teaching practices, (3) Few of the teachers showed interest in using personality tests to help identify their students, and (4) Slightly negative correlations were found between total scores of teachers regarding practices and years of teaching the disadvantaged, size of school, and type of school. A major conclusion is that teachers credited themselves and their principals with positive attitudes toward selected concepts related to improved school programs for disadvantaged students. (JS)
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Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Univ., Raleigh. School of Education.