ERIC Number: ED200595
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Classroom Management Styles and Personality Variables of Teachers and Education Majors: Similarities and Differences.
Smith, Douglas K.
This study: (1) examined approaches of teacher education majors and experienced regular classroom teachers to classroom misbehavior; (2) compared the two groups on selected personality variables (locus of control, Machiavellianism, dogmatism, state-trait anxiety); and (3) examined the relationship of classroom management style to these personality variables. The classroom management styles of 158 experienced teachers and 155 education majors were examined using a questionnaire based on the induction-sensitization paradigm of socialization. The results of the personality measures indicated that the inductive approach to management was associated with an internal locus of control and openness to new ideas for the education majors. This study has demonstrated that experienced classroom teachers and teacher education majors approach student misbehavior in very similar ways. Gender differences, although present in both groups, were stronger for the education majors. Detailed analyses of these results and suggestions for future research are provided. (Author/CJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin Univ., River Falls.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April, 1981).