ERIC Number: ED225943
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
The Effect of Sex as a Variable in Teacher Perception.
Garrett, George W.
A study of 373 teachers investigated sex as a variable affecting teacher perceptions. The study identified 20 factors which teachers perceived as affecting their performance. The factors were evenly divided between non-teacher-controlled and teacher-controlled. Teachers of both sexes agreed that skill in human relations was the most important factor affecting teaching success. An analysis of responses to non-teacher-controlled factors indicated that male teachers perceived the socioeconomic level of the students' families to be more important than did female teachers. Male teachers appeared to perceive success as resulting more from student performance, while female teachers perceived success as resulting more from teacher activity. Males also put a higher priority on being assigned more academically talented students. An examination of teacher-controlled factors indicated that female teachers put high emphasis upon possessing substantial knowledge of subjects taught, while males considered this moderately important. Female teachers also rated possessing an understanding of self and personal motives extremely high, while males rated the factor only moderately high. Findings revealed that females teachers place a high degree of importance on teacher-controlled factors in teaching success and have confidence in their ability to control their professional destiny. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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