Title

The Relationship Between Achievement on the National Teachers Examinations and Teaching Attitude for a Selected Group of Student Teachers at a Southern University

Date of Award

1982

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Educational Studies and Research

First Advisor

Arthur R. Southerland

Advisor Department

Educational Studies and Research

Abstract

The research was designed to determine the relationship between the criterion variable of achievement on the National Teachers Examinations and the predictor variables of sex and teaching attitude as measured by the Minnesota Teacher Attitude Inventory. The population of the study consisted of those seniors (N = 84) enrolled in the College of Education and Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi who were registered for student teaching during the Spring semester of the 1981-1982 academic year and who had completed the National Teachers Examinations. The Minnesota Teacher Attitude Inventory, the instrument of the study, was administered to the subjects and was scored using the "rights" minus "wrongs" method prescribed by the authors. The data were submitted to descriptive and inferential analyses. Means and standard deviations were used to present the descriptive findings. The inferential data were examined utilizing a linear multiple regression analysis technique. A statistically significant relationship was found to exist between teaching attitude and achievement on the common and composite scores of the National Teachers Examinations for males and females. The relationship between teaching attitude and achievement on the teaching area portion of the National Teachers Examinations was not found to be a significant predictor of achievement.