ERIC Number: ED121754
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Behaviors Associated with Student Change in Attitude Toward a Teacher Education Course.
Pohlmann, Mary M.
The relationship between student perception of teacher behaviors and change in students' attitude toward a course in preservice teacher education was studied. The course selected was School and Society, a required course in educational foundations. Subjects included 87 students enrolled in eight sections taught by six instructors. A common syllabus and set of objectives were used by all sections. The individual student was selected as the statistical unit. The criterion variable of student attitude change was obtained by covarying pretest from posttest scores on a semantic differential attitude scale. Teacher behaviors were rated by students at the end of the course and correlated with student change in attitude toward the course. Three teacher behavior dimensions (1) clarity, (2) enthusiasm, and (3) indirectness were represented by items on the teacher behavior instrument. Of these, clarity had the highest percentage of items correlating significantly with the criterion. Factor analysis indicated clarity accounted for 21.16 percent of the variance in the criterion, enthusiasm 4.84 percent, and indirectness 1.44 percent. Clear, interesting, and relevant presentations were supported by the findings as desirable in promoting the student outcome of positive change in attitude toward the course. (Appended are the instruments used.) (Author/RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (1976)