ERIC Number: ED476126
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Apr
Revision and Validation of the Revised Teacher Beliefs Survey.
This study revised the Teacher Beliefs Survey (S. Wooley and A. Wooley, 1999; TBS), an instrument to assess teachers beliefs related to constructivist and behaviorist theories of learning, and then studied the validity of the revised TBS. Drawing on a literature review, researchers added items for the existing constructs of the TBS and added a new construct, Constructivist Management. Expert feedback was used to revise the TBS. The revised TBS was then administered to 371 college freshmen and 290 student teachers. Confirmatory factor analysis was performed to examine the construct validity of the revised survey. Although the hypothesized model was not confirmed, the additional items and construct did provide information to assess teachers beliefs more adequately in relation to the prominent learning theories of constructivism and behaviorism. There were differences in the responses of freshmen and student teachers, a finding that suggests the TBS can be used with caution to assess changes in teachers beliefs as they progress through programs. An appendix contains the TBS and shows the proposed constructs. (Contains 4 tables and 14 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 21-25, 2003).