Development of an Attitude Scale to Measure Pre-Service Teachers’ Attitude towards the Teaching Profession
Attitudes are a vital part of the way humans interact with each other and information. The studies for attitude have formulated a variety of theories on attitude structure and formation. This study offers an overview of attitude structure, formation and development of an attitude scale to measure the professional attitude of prospective teachers. Structural review focuses on both models of individual attitudes and models of attitude systems. The main research question of this study was “How appropriate individuals are selected to admit in different teacher training programs and recruited for teaching jobs? Finally developed 6-point scale consisting of 30 items was administered to 115 prospective teachers of Provincial Institute of Teacher Education (PITE) and University College of Education, Lower Mall, Lahore. Hypotheses were tested by independent sample t-test and positive/negative attitude towards teaching was analyzed by using mean scores and standard deviation from mean. In dependent sample t-test is applied to compare the attitude of pre-service teachers at PITE and University College of Education, Lower Mall, Lahore. The major findings are 1) Most of the teacher students have no interest in teaching, 2) have negative attitude towards teaching profession, and 3) have no priority towards teaching.
Keywords: Attitude, Measurement of Attitude, Professional Attitude
Doctoral Fellow and Associate Faculty member, Division of Education