ERIC Number: ED085174
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
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A Comparative Study of Personality and Behavior of Selected Secondary Science and Non-Science Teachers.
Main, Cecil Lockwood, Jr.
This study was concerned with personality and science teaching. An effort was made to determine: (1) whether secondary teachers had unique personality factors that were significantly different from secondary teachers in other subject areas, and (2) if personality factors of these science teachers were reflected in their classroom behavior as measured by a classroom observation instrument. The 80 science teachers of the study had state certification in science. The personality factors of two subgroups within the science teacher population were selected for statistical comparison from the upper and lower quarter of the ranked scores of a classroom observation instrument on all the science teachers. A comparison group of 35 non-science teachers was randomly selected from the secondary teacher population of the same school systems. The following conclusions are among those reached from the data analyzed in this investigation: (1) science teachers were found to be generally more reserved, calm and mature, and appeared more serious and taciturn; (2) in the group dependent versus self-sufficient factor, science teachers placed more toward the self-sufficient, resourceful polarity than the other teachers; and (3) female science teachers appeared to be more outgoing and warm-hearted, while male science teachers were more tough-minded, self-reliant, and realistic. (Author/EB)
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Research, Personality Assessment, Personality Studies, Science Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Characteristics
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill