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ERIC Number: ED120188
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr-22
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
The Use of Professional Beliefs in the Study of Teachers and Teaching.
Bliss, Leonard B.; Vickery, Tom Rusk
This study was undertaken to test the authenticity of an earlier study by Olmsted, Blackington, and Houston which devised a way of categorizing teachers according to their responses on a number of scales having to do with their attitudes about the profession. The previous study used 60 preservice teacher interns, mostly female, from Michigan State University. Seven identifiable types were discovered. The unique characteristics of each type concerned such things as respect for authority, concept of the goals of teaching, conformity, and alienation from other teachers. The present study used 60 randomly chosen teachers from six school districts. The subjects included male and female teachers, elementary and secondary teachers, and new and experienced teachers. Only five types were identified in this study, and those types did not have as definitive characteristics as in the first study. It was concluded that the Olmsted test could not be generalizable to a larger sample of teachers and therefore should be used neither to predict teacher behavior nor as a screening tool for teacher education programs or for hiring. It was recommended that future studies of teacher attitudes utilize clearer and more definite scales and that better ways of measuring reliability of raters be established. (References and tables are included.) (CD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Sponsor: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 22, 1976)