ERIC Number: ED237472
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Teachers' Self-Descriptions and Descriptions of Students to Whom They're Attached and Whom They Reject.
Driscoll, Amy; And Others
A study explored teachers' descriptions of themselves and of children to whom they were attached or for whom they felt rejection. Forty-two elementary classroom teachers (11 male and 31 female) from 16 different schools identified 3 "attachment" students and 3 "rejection" students using 5 personality descriptors and 5 physical descriptors. Two months later, the teachers described themselves using identical physical and personality checklists. Results were categorized in four groups: (1) traits teachers as a group felt they do or do not exhibit; (2) general traits of those children to whom teachers were attached and those they rejected; (3) traits which were the most disparate between the two groups of children; and (4) differences in teacher sex and student attachment and/or rejection. Results indicated that teachers were more likely to indicate attachment for students they perceived to be like themselves; however, while this was generally the case, teachers who had a negative self-image tended to reject students like themselves. Physical traits did not influence teacher attitudes to a great extent. Male teachers tended to attach to more female students and reject more male students than did female teachers. (JD)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Emotional Response, Interpersonal Relationship, Personality Assessment, Personality Traits, Physical Characteristics, Self Concept, Sex Differences, Student Characteristics, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).