ERIC Number: ED163433
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
The Development of an Instrument to Measure Teacher Beliefs about Reading.
Duffy, Gerald G.; Metheny, William
A study focusing on teacher conceptions of reading as they influence instructional practice and pupil outcomes required the development of an instrument to use in selecting teachers possessing various beliefs about reading. Teacher beliefs about reading can be viewed both in terms of standard models (such as basal text, linear skills, natural language, interest-based, and integrated curriculum models) and in terms of dimensions of teacher decision-making as revealed by field observation. The Propositional Inventory, the instrument developed to assess teacher beliefs, yields data relative to both perspectives, measuring both the theoretical and practical domains of a teacher's belief system in reading. The instrument went through a two-year evolution before reaching its final form. It can be used to ascertain consistency of professed beliefs with classroom practices, to determine if teachers with particular reading beliefs share dimensions of decision-making with other belief systems, to investigate the relationship between beliefs and demographic characteristics, and to monitor change in reading beliefs over time. (The instrument is included.) (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Reading Conference (28th, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, November 30-December 2, 1978)