ERIC Number: ED378155
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Influences on Teachers' Attitudes toward Applied Educational Research.
Walker, Cheryl A.; Cousins, J. Bradley
A survey was conducted of 280 teachers and principals in east-central Ontario (Canada) to investigate what variables best predict educators' attitudes toward local applied research. The four dependent variables were purpose of local research, attitudes toward participation in research, utility of research, and support for research activity. Eight predictor variables included organizational learning characteristics, elementary versus secondary level, personal teacher efficacy, prior participation in research, value of prior research course work, years of teaching experience, formal education, and gender. Results indicated that significant proportions of the variance in the dependent variables were explained by certain personal and organizational characteristics, namely: prior participation in research, sense of personal teacher efficacy, and perceived characteristics of respondent's schools (namely their propensity to learn), which were all positively correlated with the dependent variables, and years of teaching experience, which was negatively correlated. (Contains 76 references.) (JDD)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Educational Research, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Influences, Institutional Characteristics, Predictor Variables, Principals, Secondary School Teachers, Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Participation, Teaching Experience
University of Ottawa, Faculty of Education, 145 Jean Jacques Lussier, Ottawa, Ontario K1M 6N5, Canada ($2).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Canada