ERIC Number: ED211545
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Measuring Attitudes Toward Inservice Education.
Trueblood, Cecil R.; And Others
The purpose of this study was to design a valid, reliable instrument that identifies and measures teachers' attitudes toward inservice programs. The study also sought to locate attitude differences between school sites. An attitude scale was developed in five stages: (1) identifying the nature of the possible attitude factors from current literature, teacher interviews, and experiences with teachers during inservice programs; (2) writing attitude items that directly relate to these attitude factors; (3) pilot testing the items with inservice teachers; (4) analyzing the pilot data to verify the factors; and (5) selecting the items to be placed on the final version of the attitude scale. The scale was designed to elicit teachers' feelings or beliefs about what inservice programs should or could do, their expectations developed as a result of past experiences, and their feelings about suggested changes or improvements. The final version contained 32 statements and was administered to 244 inservice teachers in three school districts. Although much of the variance in the results was unexplained, the attitude scale was sensitive to attitude differences between school sites. A factor analysis of the results displays the 32 questions and summarizes the responses of the subjects. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual AIGE Conference (Denver, CO).