ERIC Number: ED151351
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
The Teaching Style Q-Sort: A Description of Its Uses in Assessing Teaching Style.
Heikkinen, Michael W.
The author presents a variation of Q-sort testing appropriate for the examination and quantification of responses to questions concerning teacher values and attitudes relating to teaching style. Specifically, the method is designed for use in examining the four "families" of teaching models developed in Joyce and Weil's taxonomy: social interaction, information processing, personal development, and behavior modification. The instrument, the Teaching Style Q-Sort (TSQS), consisted of twenty-eight statements designed to reflect positions consistent with the four families. Subjects, practicing teachers and students in university education classes, were asked to rank the twenty-eight statements from "most like my teaching" to "most unlike my teaching." A detailed analysis of the validity and reliability verification techniques employed to develop the instrument is presented. Suggested uses of the TSQS in teacher education are given, including: matching of teaching/learning styles; curricula and textbook selection; matching student developmental needs with teacher style; and as a research tool. (MJB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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