ERIC Number: ED123146
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: 0
Dogmatism and Social Desirability: How to Change "Personality" in Two Easy Sentences.
McKenzie, Gary R.; Mulkey, Young J.
This study describes the influence of social desirability on Rokeach Dogmatism scores and demonstrates how misleading self-report inventories can be. Dogmatism instruments with instructions suggesting either that commitment or control of personal beliefs is desirable were randomly distributed to 20 anonymous elementary teachers before a workshop on values clarification. After the workshop, the instrument was readministered without set-inducing instructions. Differences in instructions produced the expected differences in preworkshop dogmatism scores. There was not change from pre- to posttest within treatments. Posttest scores still differed between groups. Clearly, teachers adapted responses to conform to perceived desirability. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 19-23, 1976); Not available in hard copy due to marginal legibility of original document