ERIC Number: ED152751
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Relations Between Teacher Attitudes and Teacher Behavior in Ninth-Grade Algebra Classes.
McConnell, John W.
This paper deals with the question of how teacher attitudes emerge as teacher behaviors and the relationships between teacher attitudes toward mathematics, teaching, and students, and teacher behaviors as measured by external observers and pupils. Forty-nine ninth-grade mathematics teachers were the subject of this research. It was observed that the teachers who were more satisfied with teaching as a profession and who liked mathematics more were rated as being clearer, more varied in their presentations, more enthusiastic, more indirect, more likely to use higher cognitive questions, and less critical of students. The teachers who expressed less authoritarian views with respect to discipline and class control were rated as being less clear, as not providing as many chances for students to learn algebra, and as providing less emphasis on logic and analysis. The two sources for the ratings, observers and pupils, produced teacher behavior measures that related with different teacher attitudes. The observers' ratings correlated more with attitudes towards mathematics and teaching as a profession; the pupil ratings, more with teacher attitudes on class control. (Author/JD)
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 (Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)