ERIC Number: ED222933
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Development of a Student-Generated, Self-Anchoring Instrument for Assessing the Adaptation of Teacher Behaviors.
Bluman, Dale L.; Ward, Steven A.
A student-generated, self-anchoring instrument should provide a teacher with more and different information than do conventional techniques. Such an instrument was developed by students in four sections of a basic course in speech communication. Students were asked to generate statements that described teacher behaviors adapted to their needs and expectations. A final list of 18 intuitively independent student-generated statements was developed, with each student statement being used to construct three items of the instrument. The first item asked the student to assess the importance of the teacher behavior to him or her. The second item asked the student to estimate how much of the time the student would prefer the teacher to act in the manner described. The third item asked the student to describe how much of the time the teacher did act in the manner described. A test of the instrument in 14 intact classroom units in a large university showed (1) the importance assigned individual teacher behaviors revealed no consistent overall pattern; (2) students across classes preferred teachers to enact three standard behaviors virtually all the time, yet students in different class situations attached differing amounts of importance to those standards; (3) correlations between the importance and the preferred frequency of teacher behaviors varied according to which behavior was rated; and (4) students observing the same teacher in a particular class tended to respond to questionnaire items regarding their observations in similar ways, suggesting evidence of the overall reliability of the questionnaire. (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (Chicago, IL, April 25-29,1978).