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Student Authoritarianism and Teacher Authoritarianism as Factors in the Determination of Student Performance and Attitudes

Richard L. Weiss, Stephen M. Sales and Shelley Bode
The Journal of Experimental Education
Vol. 38, No. 4 (Summer, 1970), pp. 83-87
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20157140
Page Count: 5
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Student Authoritarianism and Teacher Authoritarianism as Factors in the Determination of Student Performance and Attitudes
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Abstract

Recent investigations designed to elucidate the teacher behaviors which are facilitative of positive student attitudes and increased student performance have presented inconsistent results. It is hypothesized that the inconsistency between studies may be due to an interaction between teacher characteristics and student characteristics in the determination of the dependent variables involved. To test this hypothesis, teachers and students in a West Coast high school were administered a revised version of the California F-Scale (a measure of authoritarianism). High- and Low-F groups of both teachers and students were selected, and students' grades and attitudes toward their teachers were observed. It was found that High-F students exposed to Low-F teachers showed particularly low attitudes toward their teachers and particularly low grades. Data for other combinations of student and teacher characteristics were essentially equivalent.

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