ERIC Number: ED084091
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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An Investigation of the Correlation Between Teacher Observed and Student Self-Reported Affective Behavior Toward Science.
Hackett, Jay K.
Reported is a study to examine whether teachers are able to perceive accurately the way students feel about science. The study investigated the relationships between the teachers' observations and the students' own reported feelings about their interest, appreciation, attitude and values as related toward science. Two affective-domain instruments were designed from the behavioral objectives: (1) the Observed Affective Behavior Checklist (OABC), containing examples of general affective behaviors commonly displayed by students; and (2) the Affective Self-Report Instrument (ASRI), A Likert-type scale containing the same behaviors as those on the OABC. Six hundred forty-seven eighth-grade students and their thirty science teachers participated in the study. Mean parameter scores and total scores from both instruments were correlated for boys, girls, and total sample using Pearson Product Moment Coefficients. Possible significant differences between correlations for city and rural sub-groups were checked using Fisher's Z-transformation. Conclusions based upon interpretation of the research data include: (1) Teachers demonstrated some proficiency in detecting the covert affective behaviors held toward science; (2) Students overtly displayed covert behaviors toward science; (3) Moderate significant correlations between observed and self-reported affective behavior indicated students can evaluate their affective achievement; and (4) Valid and reliable evaluation instruments can be developed for this type of measurement. (EB)
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Research, Junior High School Students, Learning Processes, Scientific Attitudes, Secondary School Science, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Teacher Behavior
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Northern Colorado