Teacher Dispositions

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Assessment of Teacher Dispositions

Julissa Anderson
University of District of Columbia

What are teacher dispositions? To answer that questions one may ask themselves what is a disposition? A disposition is someone’s state of mind on a certain matter. Moreover, teacher dispositions are what teachers think will help students become successful. Teachers Dispositions are things they should know and be able to do when they are face with certain situations in their classrooms. In the article “Assessment of Teacher Dispositions,” authors are investigating present teacher dispositions that are beneficial. The aim of this article was to find out are teachers doing what is in the best interest of the students. The article itself said, “Dispositions lie inside us.” If teachers do not value these dispositions then most likely the teacher is not dedicated to helping the students in their classroom. In order to conduct a conclusion on their study they collected data through a self-assessment tool. (Teacher Dispositions Assessment) They used 86 graduate and undergraduate teachers. All teachers were majoring in programs such as Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Physical Education, Early Childhood and Special Education. Most of the teacher candidates were female. They were between the age of 20 and 35. All the candidates were white. They used an instrument called Eastern Teacher Dispositions Index (ESTDI). They were tested on the 5 scales of the ESTDI, Perception of self, perception of others, perception of teacher knowledge, perception that all students can succeed, and the relationships and bonds teachers build throughout the school year. After observations and self- assessments and all data were collected, all the dispositions had a positive outcome. All teacher candidates strongly agreed teachers should be able to maintain positive attitude during any situation that takes place in the classroom. Also, no matter what that teacher teaches...
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