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ERIC Number: EJ1167846
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0734-2829
Measuring the Multicultural Dispositions of Preservice Teachers
Jensen, Bryant; Whiting, Erin Feinauer; Chapman, Sara
Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, v36 n2 p120-135 Mar 2018
Claims abound in the research literature regarding multicultural teacher dispositions, including how to foster them in teacher preparation programs. However, measures of multicultural dispositions of teachers that (a) capture the range of conceptually rich constructs and (b) demonstrate strong psychometric properties are not represented in the literature. In this article, we discuss the iterative development and psychometric properties of the Multicultural Teacher Dispositions Scale (MTDS), a survey of 15 items designed to assess three dispositions/factors: Meekness, Social Awareness, and Advocacy. We analyze responses from 372 preservice teachers in three samples and analytic phases, and discuss factor and item analytic results from the final phase. Results demonstrate strong support for Meekness, though moderate support for Social Awareness and Advocacy. We discuss limitations, implications for measure refinement, and eventual use for research and practice improvement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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