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Measurement of the Attitudes of Teachers toward "Teaching as a Profession"

Herbert H. Hughes
The Journal of Educational Research
Vol. 60, No. 6 (Feb., 1967), pp. 243-247
Published by: Taylor & Francis, Ltd.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27531861
Page Count: 5
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Measurement of the Attitudes of Teachers toward "Teaching as a Profession"
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Abstract

This study concerns the initial development of a scale to measure teachers' attitudes toward teaching as a profession. A modification of the W-technique, a combination of the equal-appearing interval and paired-comparison methods, was utilized to construct the scales. Teachers were used to judge the statements in the preliminary stages of scaling. An alternate scale was constructed for correlational purposes and later a revised scale was also developed from the same statements. An estimate of test-retest reliability was obtained. In one college class a correlation coefficient of .92 was obtained between the original and alternate scales. In another class, the test-retest coefficient for the original scale was .99 and .97 between the alternate and original scales. The high correlation gives evidence for the reliability of the original scale and both scales appear ready for further research purposes.

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