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This study, conducted at Churchill Junior High School in Royal Oak, Michigan, examined the effectiveness of the Student Responsibility Profile (SRP)and investigated the attitudes of eighth grade students and teachers toward the SRP. The profile allows staff members to evaluate student responsibility performance in 10 areas and allows students to self-evaluate themselves in each teacher's classroom. The study explored levels of student responsibility as scored on the SRP and the amount of agreement or disagreement in teacher and student opinions regarding the SRP. A group of 140 eighth grade students participated, along with 23 teachers and 2 administrators. Participants completed the SRP and the 10-item Student/Teacher Opinion Survey, which measured their opinions about the SRP. Results indicated that students who evaluated themselves tended to take more responsibility for behavior and learning. Teachers believed that students were responsible overall, but students did not agree. Both students and teachers thought that teachers generally agreed with students on the SRP and did not have to change ratings very often. Students and teachers did not think that boys were rated higher in responsibility than girls, but boys believed that girls were rated higher than boys. Most teachers thought that students were concerned about the SRP, while most students were not concerned. The two profiles are appended. (Contains 15 references.) (SM)

Descriptors: Grade 7, Grade 8, Junior High School Students, Junior High Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Self Concept Measures, Student Attitudes, Student Responsibility, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Expectations of Students, Teacher Student Relationship

Autor: Martello, Chris


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