ERIC Number: ED304261
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Teacher Attitudes toward Staff Development and Related Activities in a Rural Educational Consortium.
Amos, Neil G.; Benton, Gary J.
This paper presents the findings of a study conducted to investigate negative teacher attitudes toward staff development as mandated by the Mississippi Educational Reform Act of 1982. The East Mississippi Center for Educational Development is a consortium of 16 rural school districts and the Meridian Branch of Mississippi State University. The Center assists school districts in developing and implementing quality staff development programs. Teacher attitudes toward staff development, a major concern identified by school administrators, was measured by a questionnaire developed by surveying 100 randomly selected elementary and secondary teachers. The top 11 concerns were used as questionnaire items. Another randomly selected group of 80 elementary and 80 secondary teachers responded to the items using a 5 point Likert type scale. Analysis procedures for the responses included frequency of responses and an examination of the mean item responses. Chi square analyses were conducted to determine if significant differences existed between responses of elementary and secondary teachers. Responses to all items revealed neutral to negative attitudes towards staff development and related activities. Secondary teachers were more negative in their responses than were elementary teachers. The study supports administrators' concerns relative to negative teacher attitudes toward staff development and related activities. Tables are included to show comparisons of the means, sample responses, and statistical analysis. A sample of the questionnaire is included. (ALL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mississippi