ERIC Number: ED281829
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Sorting Adjectives Describing Teachers: An Application of Latent Partition Analysis. Research and Evaluation in Teacher Education, Program Evaluation Series No. 9.
Brousseau, Bruce A.
The purpose of this study was to derive a reliable system for classifying the 1,425 responses of over 800 teacher education candidates to a survey regarding adjectives used to describe teacher characteristics. Previous research had indicated five major themes underlying the adjectives teacher candidates think their students will use in describing them: empathic; stimulating; easy to work with; hard working; and expertise. A sixth category was used for words that did not fit into any of the major categories. The 90 most frequently cited adjectives, accounting for 92.5 percent of the responses, were sorted into categories by 17 sorters and results were analyzed for agreement between sorters. Factor analysis showed agreement rates of 89 percent for empathic, 55 percent for expertise, 75 percent for easy to work with, 67 percent for hard working, and 73 percent for stimulating. It is concluded that, while there is some overlap among the sets, low agreement in such areas as "expertise" suggests that caution should be exercised in using these results. (CB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Coll. of Education.
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