ERIC Number: EJ718012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Oct
Reference Count: 13
Assessment of Teachers' Attitudes about Professional Development
Torff, Bruce; Sessions, David; Byrnes, Katherine
Educational and Psychological Measurement, v65 n5 p820-830 Oct 2005
This article reports three studies in which a scale for assessing teachers' beliefs about professional-development initiatives was developed and its scores evaluated for reliability and validity. Results indicated that the Teachers' Attitudes About Professional Development (TAP) scale produced scores with high reliability, a stable one-factor structure, and satisfactory construct and discriminant validity (relative to measures of need for social approval, need for cognition, authoritarianism, and teacher self-efficacy). The studies support the theoretical and practical utility of the construct and measure of teachers' beliefs about professional development.
Descriptors: Measures (Individuals), Test Reliability, Test Validity, Self Efficacy, Professional Development, Teacher Attitudes, Test Construction, Evaluation Methods
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