ERIC Number: EJ690003
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Apr
Construct Validity of a Self-Report Measure of Teacher Beliefs Related to Constructivist and Traditional Approaches to Teaching and Learning
Woolley, Sandra L.; Benjamin, Woan-Jue J.; Woolley, Anita Williams
Educational and Psychological Measurement, v64 n2 p319-331 Apr 2004
The development and validation of the Teacher Beliefs Survey (TBS) is described. The TBS, an instrument for assessing the beliefs of teachers related to constructivist and traditional approaches to teaching and learning, contains 21 items in three hypothetical constructs. Elementary teachers, preservice (n = 61) and in-service (n = 137), participated in the development of the TBS. Analysis of this pilot data suggested a four-factor structure: Traditional Management, Traditional Teaching, Constructivist Teaching, and Constructivist Parent. A validation study included preservice teachers (n = 896). The results did not confirm the four-factor structure; further analysis suggested a three-factor structure, eliminating the Constructivist Parent factor. Future plans include development of a Constructivist Management factor and a larger pool of items for existing factors.
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Test Construction, Elementary School Teachers, Preservice Teachers, Constructivism (Learning), Construct Validity, Factor Structure, Teacher Attitudes, Test Validity, Evaluation Methods
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