ERIC Number: ED176040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb-23
Reference Count: 0
Vocational Curriculum Development for the Handicapped. What Motivates Teachers to Participate?
Gardner, David C.; Beatty, Grace Joely
A pilot study was conducted to investigate the relationship between preferred incentives for participation in curriculum projects and the change orientation of teachers. The subjects were 96 teachers from a Northern New England community. The "Teacher Opinion Survey" on preferred incentives was found to have a test-retest reliability of .98 and internal consistency of .91. "Knowing that a project will help our students" and "believing the curriculum needs change" were preferred incentives as opposed to "recognition" for their efforts. A modified form of a change orientation scale was found to have an internal consistency of .88 and acceptable item to total score correlations. Analysis of variance of "change orientation" found differences by subject area taught but not by age or sex. Comparisons of those in the upper and lower thirds on change orientation revealed significant differences on three preferred incentives. (Author/JH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Eastern Educational Research Association Annual Convention (Kiawah Island, South Carolina, February 23, 1979)