ERIC Number: ED196884
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: 0
The Influence of Problem Ownership on Teachers' Perceptions of and Strategies for Coping with Problem Students. Research Series No. 84.
Brophy, Jere E.; Rohrkemper, Mary M.
Elementary teachers read vignettes depicting incidents involving (fictional) students who presented chronic behavior problems, and then told how they would respond if the incidents occurred in their classrooms. Responses were coded for attributions about the students and about the teacher's roles in causing and remediating the problem. Teachers attributed controllability and intentionality to students presenting teacher-owned problems, but not to students presenting student-owned problems. Students presenting shared problems often were seen as able to control their behavior, but not as misbehaving intentionally. The contrasting patterns of attribution seen in their three levels of problem ownership were also associated with contrasting patterns of goals and strategies. The data bear out expectations based on attributional analyses of helping behavior, but raise questions about teachers' preparedness to cope with problem students. (Authors)
Descriptors: Attribution Theory, Coping, Discipline Problems, Elementary Education, Expectation, Interpersonal Competence, Locus of Control, Perspective Taking, Self Concept, Social Cognition, Student Behavior, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Response
Institute for Research on Teaching, College of Education, Michigan State University, 252 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.
Note: For related documents, see SP 017 314-315. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April, 1980).