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ERIC Number: ED566490
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 126
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ISBN: 978-1-3394-5584-6
Teacher Personality and Pupil Control Ideology: Associations with Response to Relational Aggression in the Classroom
Gyllborg, Amy B.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Northern Illinois University
The current study investigated the associations between teacher personality and pupil control ideology and the way in which these variables impact the methods used by Midwestern teachers (n = 123) to respond to and intervene in hypothetical instances of relational aggression, presented via vignette. Regression analyses indicated that aspects of both teacher personality traits (measured on the Big Five Inventory) and pupil control orientation (measured by the Pupil Control Inventory) were significantly linked to the ways that a teacher would choose to respond to acts of relational aggression committed by students in the school. Specifically, Agreeableness was associated with working with the bully, enlisting other adults, and disciplining the bully, while a teacher's level of Conscientiousness was associated with the likelihood of enlisting other adults, but only when the students involved were female. A custodial orientation to pupil control was associated with a higher likelihood of working with the victim, disciplining the bully, and ignoring the incident. Differences were also found in the relative influence of personality traits versus pupil control orientation on the likelihood of employing each of the response styles indicated. It is important that follow-up studies be conducted with a larger, more diverse sample to examine these effects as well as looking at differences in teacher response for cross-gender aggression. Implications for the results of this study are discussed. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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