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Title: A comparitive study of middle school and junior high school teacher attitudes toward transescent needs.
Authors: Clemens, Janette M
Issue Date: 20-Apr-2012
Abstract: This study sought answers to the following three questions:(1)Is there any difference in the way middle school teachers and junior high school teachers view the developmental needs of the transescent? (2)Will intermediate teachers with six or more years of teaching experience reflect more positive attitudes toward transescent developmental needs than those with 5 or fewer years of teaching experience? and (3)Will the attitudes of elementary certified teachers reflect a greater degree of personal acceptance of transescent developmental needs than attitudes of secondary certified teachers? Methods and Procedures: The data were collected by means of a researcher-developed questionnaire administered to 207 middle school and junior high school Indiana teachers.The Likert-type instrument contained 34 items peratining to the social-emotional,physical,and intellectual needs of the transescent.For each depedent variable,mean scores and standard deviations were obtained for the two levels of each independent variable--school type,teaching experience,and certification level.Mean differences were computed and the statistical significance of each difference was assessed using an independent t test.The results were used in evaluating the twelve hypotheses of this study.A .05 significance level was used to accept or reject each hypothesis. Findings: The findings of this study indicate: 1.Middle school and junior high school teahcers do differ in their attitudes toward the social-emotional needs of the transescent. 2. Middle school and junior high school teachers do not differ significantly in their attitude toward the physical,intellectual and overall developmental needs of the transescent. 3)Teachers with 6 or more years of teaching experience do differ in their attitudes toward the physical needs of the transescent.4)Teachers with six or more years of teaching experience and one's with 5 or fewer years of teaching experience do not differ significantly in their attitudes toward the social-emotional,intellectual,and overall developmental needs of the transescent.5)Elementary certified teachers and secondary certified teachers do not differ significantly in their attitudes toward the social-emotional,physical,intellectual and overall developmental needs of the transescent.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10484/3844
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