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ERIC Number: ED317553
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Pages: 38
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Some Findings on Preparing Teachers' Attitudes towards Tests.
Carifio, James; Kermis, William
Six studies concerning the attitudes of preparing teachers toward tests, evaluation, and mathematics are reported. These studies report scale development, validations, cross-validations, and observed results. Three instructors participated in the development of an attitude survey in the first study; a total of 923 undergraduate preparing teachers participated in the five other studies (291, 226, 54, 196, and 156, respectively). Preparing teachers had more positive attitudes toward evaluation and mathematics than toward tests. No correlations were found between their attitudes toward evaluation, which were positive, and their attitudes toward tests (generally negative) and mathematics (slightly positive), but there were moderately significant correlations between their attitudes toward tests and mathematics. High-aptitude preparing teachers had significantly more positive attitudes toward mathematics and tests than did low-aptitude preparing teachers. The locus of the observed differences was primarily on affective dimensions of these attitudes. Implications are discussed in terms of theory, education, and instructional practice, and in terms of a study of the approach of instructors by attitude. Ten tables present data from the studies. (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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