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Middle School Attitude Survey

Graham Taylor and Brian Sayer
British Educational Research Journal
Vol. 10, No. 1 (1984), pp. 19-31
Published by: Wiley on behalf of BERA
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1501243
Page Count: 13
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Middle School Attitude Survey
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Abstract

The investigation explored some aspects of attitudes held by teachers towards the 9-13 Middle School. The data were obtained from teachers working in 9-13 Middle Schools within one northern Metropolitan District. The sample consisted of 708 Middle School teachers, from a total Middle School teaching population of 1063 teachers. The data were collected during the period November 1980 to March 1981. Findings indicated that a majority of these practising teachers held positive attitudes towards the 9-13 Middle School. Separate ratings were obtained for a variety of subgroups within the total population based on age, sex, status in school and previous training and experience. A questionnaire, in addition to the attitude questionnaire, produced data indicating almost a 2:1 preference for the 9-13 as opposed to the 8-12 Middle School. Even accepting the fact that some teachers may prefer the status quo when asked to state a preference in an unstable educational climate such as we have now, it is still felt to be revealing that such a large majority indicated favour for the 9-13 Middle School. It was also found that over 70% of all the sample teachers found working in a 9-13 Middle School a satisfying experience.

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