ERIC Number: ED163162
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Sep-1
Reference Count: 0
Attitudes and Concept Structure of Home Economics Majors with Implications for Teacher Education.
Hickner, Marybelle R.
A study was conducted to determine whether organization of personality variables can be used to predict the attitudes of student teachers toward teaching. This followed a literature search that showed little research has been done on the personality characteristics of teachers which influence attitudes toward students. Three self-administered tests (the Population Opinionnaire [a form of the Rokeach Dogmatism Scale], the Minnesota Teacher Attitude Inventory, and the California Psychological Test) were given to 130 female seniors in home economics education who would be participating in student teaching. Findings supported the study's hypothesis that prospective student teachers with an open conceptual system have a more favorable attitude toward students than those who have a closed or dogmatic system. The nonauthoritarian individual was found to possess the characteristics of tolerance, achievement via independence, intellectual efficiency, self acceptance, flexibility, responsibility, and a sense of well-being. Since this study was limited, however, to female students in home economics during one year, a larger investigation should be undertaken (1) using both male and female students from other areas of specialization, (2) using other measurement devices, and (3) instituting a longitudinal study. The results of this study may be applied as criteria for the hiring of prospective teachers as well as for the successful selection and retention of student teacher candidates for teacher education programs. (Included at the end of this report are a bibliography and tables analyzing the test scores of study participants.) (ELG)
Descriptors: Attitude Measures, Failure, Females, Higher Education, Home Economics, Literature Reviews, Personality Assessment, Personality Theories, Predictive Measurement, Research Needs, Student Teachers, Success, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Education, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Selection
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ. - Stout, Menomonie. Human Development, Family Life and Communication Education Service.