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1. Holy Family University, School of Education, Beliefs & Attitudes Scale for Teachers

This Beliefs & Attitudes Scale for Teachers survey has been developed as part of the Grad HAT program in support of Holy Family University's School of Education Programs,and will be used to assess the effectiveness of our programs.
Your participation will help us to continually improve the quality and scope of the support we provide toward your career success.
Dr. Leonard Soroka, Dean , School of Education

1. It is important for teachers:

  Strongly Agree Agree No Opinion Disagree Strongly Disagree
a) To control the behavior of the students in their classes
b) To be self starters who know what they must do to grow intellectually
c) To involve students in the setting of classroom rules.
d) To encourage competition among students
as a spur to their motivation.
e) To encourage students not to rely on their teachers but to become independent.
f) To tell students the correct answer when they experience some difficulty in learning.
g) To encourage students to evaluate their own work.
h) To base student grades on objective rather than subjective measures.
i) To cover all the material required in the district’s curriculum.

2. Respond to the following statements:

  Strongly Agree Agree No Opinion Disagree Strongly Disagree
a)Technology gives teachers a tool that they can use to help students learn.
b) Technology often involves a new way of thinking about and communicating ideas to others.
c) If you have a love for your students, you will be a successful teacher no matter what else you may lack.
d) Teaching is a more demanding profession than law or medicine.
e) The use of research-based instructional programs gives us hope for eventual success in teaching all students.
f) Students need to know the basic underlying facts about a subject before teachers ask them to think deeply about that subject.
g) Students must master basic skills such as word recognition skills and phonics before we ask them to concern themselves with the meaning of text.
h) If you make the effort, you can motivate any student in your class.
i) The study of learning theory and research can make a teacher better at what s/he does.
j) It takes 10 to 15 years for a person to become a true master teacher.
k) Incompetent teachers should be efficiently identified and fired.
l) The best way to assess a teacher’s effectiveness is to assess the learning of her students.

3. The most effective way for a university
to prepare teachers is to:

  Strongly Agree Agree No Opinion Disagree Strongly Disagree
a) Show them how to organize and deliver information to their students.
b) Provide good teaching models for them to imitate.
c) Teach less theory and emphasize practical teaching experiences.
d) Demonstrate the use of commercially prepared instruction programs used in schools.
e) Model for them the art of writing well-developed lesson plans.
f) Show them how to synthesize state and national standards, district curricula, and commercial programs while planning lessons.

4. Learning involves for the most part:

  Strongly Agree Agree No Opinion Disagree Strongly Disagree
a) Mastery of a body of knowledge in a particular field.
b) The ability to locate accurate information about a topic or issue.
c) The ability to see one’s life experiences reflected in new learning.

5. When students fail to learn, it is often a result of:

  Strongly Agree Agree No Opinion Disagree Strongly Disagree
a) Low motivation on the part of students.
b) A mismatch between an educational program and the unique needs of the students.
c) A lack of the experiences that students need to make them successful in school.
d) Too much emphasis on raising test scores.
e) A society that does not value education.
f) A lack of support in students’ homes.
g) Poor example from their peer group.
h) Discouragement based on past failures.
i) Teachers’ expectations are too low for them.

6. For those students who are struggling to keep pace with the rest of the class, the best strategy is to:

  Strongly Agree Agree No Opinion Disagree Strongly Disagree
a) Emphasize the mastery of factual information to build up their background knowledge.
b) Group them with other students who are struggling in order to preserve their self-esteem.
c) Motivate and challenge them to work harder than the average student.
d) Break down tasks into small and sequential steps.
e) Group them with high achieving students so that they can learn from their classmates.
f)Pair them with a buddy who can help them complete their work.

7. As you prepare for the profession of teaching,how important do you think that each of the following traits will be to you?

  Very Important Important Somewhat Important Not Important
a) An enthusiasm for and love of reading.
b) Ability to learn from your mistakes.
c) Ability to work cooperatively with
fellow professionals.

8. Rate yourself in terms of the following characteristics:

  Very High High Average Low Very Low
a) Intellectual curiosity.
b) Responsibility.
c) Courage to stand up for what is right even when the cost may be high.
d) Love of reading.

9. Rate your level of confidence in your ability to:

  Very High High Average Low Very Low
a) Teach a classroom full of students on your own
b) Teach reading
c) Teach writing
d) Use state or national goals and standards as a guide for your instructional planning
e) Accept constructive criticism from supervisors.
f) Demonstrate leadership skills among your fellow professionals.

10. Name:

11. Date:


12. What is your certification area(s)?

13. What is your teaching experience?

14. What is your current degree status?(check all that apply)

  Holy Family University Another University / College
Undergraduate In Process
Undergrad Degree Completed
Graduate In Process
Graduate Degree Completed

15. If you are, or were an undergraduate student at Holy Family University, did you transfer in from a Community College, or from another 4 year university?

  Commmunity College Another 4-Yr. College / University Did Not Transfer In
Transferred from