ERIC Number: ED091320
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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Pupil Perceptions of Teachers Who Score High on Scales of Shostrom's Personal Orientation Inventory versus Teachers Who Score Low.
Welling, James K.
This study investigated whether or not there is a significant difference between pupil perceptions of teachers who score high on Shostrom's Personal Orientation Inventory (POI) and pupil perceptions of teachers who score low. The POI was administered to 11 teachers of the fourth, fifth and sixth grades to measure aspects of self-actualization. The 288 pupils of the teachers involved were administered the "My Teacher" questionnaire which deals with pupil perceptions of specific teacher behaviors. The top four scores on each POI scale were matched with the low four scores, and the respective pupil responses were compared. A chi square test was used to determine significant differences. Results indicate that pupils are perceptually aware of the attitudes of teachers and that pupils are affected in different ways by teachers who are measured to be at different levels of self-actualization. The researcher recommends further study to provide empiric evidence that the POI instrument should be used as a screening device in teacher training institutions on the basis that self-actualizing teachers are the best teachers. (A literature review, a 22-item bibliography, and two appendixes are included.) (PD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Personal Orientation Inventory