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ERIC Number: ED152757
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Pages: 24
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Implicit Personality Theory of Teachers, Causal Attribution and their Perception of Students.
Hofer, Manfred
In an experimental study, subjects (practicing and preservice teachers) had to take the role of either a pupil or a teacher in viewing a new student. They inspected for thirty seconds a list of sixteen adjectives used to describe students, half belonging to a teacher's implicit personality theory of pupils, and half belonging to a (hypothetical) student implicit personality theory of pupils. (The implicit personality theory identifies the causal factors a person attributes to another's behavior.) It was seen that adjectives belonging to teachers' dimensions were more often recalled when subjects received instruction to assume the teacher role toward a new student. Adjectives belonging to the student personality theory were more often recalled under instructions for subjects to assume a student role toward a new student. Results are interpreted according to theoretical bases developed in the paper. It is concluded that teachers and schoolmates do selectively attend to a student's attributes that are relevant to their role. However, they are also able to make statements about other attributes to the degree to which the specimen student is of importance to them. (MJB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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