ERIC Number: ED074211
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Measurement of the Change Orientation of Vocational Teachers. Final Report.
Russell, Earl B.
To determine whether change orientation was a measurable characteristic of vocational teachers, an instrument was developed consisting of eight attitude subscales designed to measure change orientations relating to: (1) reducing the number of under-prepared people entering the labor market, (2) meeting the needs of disadvantaged students, (3) preparing for employment at an earlier age, (4) cooperative education, (5) individualized instruction and behavioral objectives, (6) adult education, (7) team teaching and differentiated staffing, and (8) core vocational curriculum. The instrument plus a biographical data sheet and versions of scales measuring internal-external control and dogmatic, conservative, and cosmopolitan points of view were sent to two groups of 125 teachers each, in 38 states, representing "early adopters" and "laggards". Analysis of data from 78 percent of the "early adopters" and 69 percent of the "laggards" revealed that change orientation is a measurable characteristic of vocational teachers. The instrument holds promise for further research efforts to determine the utility of the change orientation concept. (Author/SB)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Adult Education, Attitude Change, Behavioral Objectives, Cooperative Education, Core Curriculum, Diffusion, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Innovation, Individualized Instruction, Measurement Instruments, Reliability, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Team Teaching, Validity, Vocational Education Teachers
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Center for Vocational and Technical Education.