CHIPPEWA VALLEY LOCAL VALIDATION STUDY OF THE TEACHER PERCEIVER INTERVIEW PROCESS
The purpose of this study was to validate the T.P.I. process for Chippewa Valley Schools as an instrument predictive of teacher success. In order to validate this procedure, two kinds of data were gathered: first, the extent to which the T.P.I. scores were related with administrative and student ratings of thirty middle school teachers, and second, data were collected to determine the extent to which the T.P.I. ratings were correlated with interpersonal relations behaviors of teachers as measured by FIRO-B.^ The hypotheses were generated in an attempt to help determine the value of the T.P.I. Data for the testing of the three hypotheses were generated through: the sixty question T.P.I. for each teacher, administrative ratings of each teacher, the score of the FIRO-B self-inventory instrument for each teacher, as well as one class set of students' ratings for each teacher.^ The design of this study was limited to a sample group of thirty volunteer middle school teachers selected without regard to undergraduate grade point average, major, subject matter taught, teaching experience, sex, age, teaching certification, or degrees earned.^ The statistical data, t-tests, characterized the relationship between the high and low scoring T.P.I. interviewed teachers and administrative and student ratings. Pearson product moment correlations were performed on total test scores on the FIRO-B for expressed and wanted interpersonal behavior needs and selected sub test and total scores on the T.P.I. Additional Pearson product moment correlations were calculated on variables which were not included in the three hypotheses.^ Because the statistical results for testing the three hypotheses were not significant and some of the ancillary results were found to be significant, this study's findings were unclear. The conclusions one would reach were dependent upon the statistical data which were examined. However, the positive t-test and correlations between the T.P.I. score for each teacher and overall administrative ratings as well as student ratings appeared to add support to the use of the T.P.I. in teacher selection. Four recommendations for further study were made based on this study's findings. ^
RONALD EUGENE COOK,
"CHIPPEWA VALLEY LOCAL VALIDATION STUDY OF THE TEACHER PERCEIVER INTERVIEW PROCESS"
(January 1, 1981).
ETD Collection for Wayne State University.