ERIC Number: ED109136
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Disadvantaged Children and Their First School Experiences--ETS-Head Start Longitudinal Study: Preschool Teachers of Disadvantaged Children: Characteristics and Attitudes.
Meissner, Judith A.; And Others
Research has indicated that teacher age, education, previous training and experience, morale, teaching style and attitudes are related to student achievement. Therefore, this study developed and used an extensive (147-item) questionnaire to collect data on those Head Start and other preschool teachers who were teaching Longitudinal Study target children. Areas of requested information included: demographic characteristics, education and experience, attitudes toward minority-groups and economically disadvantaged children's motivation and learning abilities, and general attitudes about work and supervisors, breadth of interests, and professional orientation. A set of thirty language comprehension items was also included in the questionnaire as an index of teachers' language ability. Teachers' responses to these items are described, and the results of a scale analysis of a set of a priori scales delineated in an attempt to obtain reduced scores for future analysis are presented. Future reports will attempt to relate these teacher variables to observed teaching style and classroom behaviors and to child cognitive, affective, and social measures. (Author/RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Child Development Services Bureau (DHEW/OCD), Washington, DC. Project Head Start.
Authoring Institution: Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ.