Presentation Title

The Development of the Passion for Teaching Scale

Faculty Mentor

Sara Langford

Start Date

18-11-2017 11:15 AM

End Date

18-11-2017 11:30 AM

Location

15-1822

Session

Social Science 3

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

behavioral_social_sciences

Abstract

The purpose of the project is to create a scale that measures an individual’s passion for the teaching professions. Current literature focuses on measuring general passion, entrepreneurial passion, and passion for work. These are general scales, which may not be most accurate when applied to work, specifically teaching. The creation of this scale will allow educational researchers to optimally understand passion in teaching. An adaptation of the general passion scale has been developed to address teaching, as well as by adapting criteria from an Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition, interviews were conducted with a sample of eight professors who received Excellence in Teaching Awards at Cal Poly Pomona. The content-analyzed interviews assisted in developing new scale items, in addition to the adapted general passion scale, the Dualistic Model of Passion (Vallerand, Blanchard, Mageau, Koestner, Ratelle, Leonard, et al., 2003). Using the adapted general passion scale and the new scale items, an updated scale was created and administered to a large group of general faculty from Cal Poly Pomona using strategic sampling. An item analysis of participants’ responses (n=13) was conducted to discard or revise inadequate items. Correlations between participant responses were examined. This scale will be beneficial for educators, employers in educational contexts, and more generally for anyone engaged in the scholarship of teaching.

Summary of research results to be presented

Using the adapted general passion scale and the new scale items, an updated scale was created and administered to a large group of general faculty from Cal Poly Pomona using strategic sampling. An item analysis of participants’ responses (n=13) was conducted using the Statistical Package for the Social Science (SPSS) to find the reliability of the scale. The 20-item scale resulted in a Chronbach’s Alpha value of 0.985. Having a high alpha implies that the designed scale resulted in being highly reliable, or consistently reflects the construct that is being measured.

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Nov 18th, 11:15 AM Nov 18th, 11:30 AM

The Development of the Passion for Teaching Scale

15-1822

The purpose of the project is to create a scale that measures an individual’s passion for the teaching professions. Current literature focuses on measuring general passion, entrepreneurial passion, and passion for work. These are general scales, which may not be most accurate when applied to work, specifically teaching. The creation of this scale will allow educational researchers to optimally understand passion in teaching. An adaptation of the general passion scale has been developed to address teaching, as well as by adapting criteria from an Excellence in Teaching Award. In addition, interviews were conducted with a sample of eight professors who received Excellence in Teaching Awards at Cal Poly Pomona. The content-analyzed interviews assisted in developing new scale items, in addition to the adapted general passion scale, the Dualistic Model of Passion (Vallerand, Blanchard, Mageau, Koestner, Ratelle, Leonard, et al., 2003). Using the adapted general passion scale and the new scale items, an updated scale was created and administered to a large group of general faculty from Cal Poly Pomona using strategic sampling. An item analysis of participants’ responses (n=13) was conducted to discard or revise inadequate items. Correlations between participant responses were examined. This scale will be beneficial for educators, employers in educational contexts, and more generally for anyone engaged in the scholarship of teaching.