ERIC Number: ED166649
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Need-Structure and Instructional Preference in Reading: A Pilot Study.
Duncan, Patricia H.
Thirty-one experienced teachers enrolled in graduate reading courses served as subjects in a study conducted to determine whether simple instruments could be developed to assess teacher need structure, frequency of teacher behaviors related to reading, and the relationship between the two. A 25-item instrument was developed based on Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs. The subjects indicated the amount of their agreement with each item and then responded to a checklist of 45 typical behaviors related to teaching reading. Also, the subjects were given a list of Maslow's categories and asked to indicate with which need each item corresponded. It was concluded that the opinionnaire was able to indicate distinct motivational directions for most subjects, appeared to resist the influence of rater tendencies toward high or low weighting, and contained a majority of items that clearly fit particular need categories. The behavior checklist did not appear to discriminate between frequently and infrequently occurring behaviors. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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)