This study determined and analyzed the relationships of the sociodemographic characteristics, work attitudes, teaching patterns and teaching performance of public performance of public secondary freshman science teachers in the Divisions of Ilocos Norte and Laoag City during the school year 1998-1999.
The study utilized the descriptive research method with correlational technique using actual classroom observations with the aid of tape recorders and attitude and performance evaluation as tools for gathering data.
Flanders’ Interaction Analysis System was used in analyzing the verbal communication and teaching patterns (indirect and direct inferences) of the teacher. The work attitudes and teaching performance of the 28 Science I teachers involved in the study and the administrators’ evaluation on the teaching performance of the teachers were gathered through the use of questionnaires.
The statistical tools used to analyze the data were mean, frequency, Pearson r, point biserial and t-test for the significance for r. the .05 and .01 levels of probability were adopted as standards for inferential decision in all the statistical tests used in the study.
Results showed that the science teachers in the Division of Ilocos Norte and Laoag City have favorable work attitudes and very good teaching performance.
Classroom interactions in the classes observed were teacher dominated. Teacher talk was more direct in influence rather than indirect, the questions asked were more of the lower level that the higher level. The teachers gave more emphasis in giving lectures, asking questions and giving praises and encouragement than in accepting feeling of students.
Correlation exists among work attitudes, teaching patterns and levels of questions asked by the teachers but the relationship is insignificant. Performance is significantly related to the levels of questions asked in class. It is likewise correlated with teaching patterns but the relationship is insignificant.
Socio-demographic characteristics, such as age, sex and length of teaching experience, are significantly related to work attitudes. Length of teaching experience and salary are related to teaching patterns; educational attainment is significantly related to teaching performance but none of the socio-demographic characteristic affect the levels of questions asked by the teachers.
Work attitudes are significantly related to teaching performance. Better teaching performance improves the questioning patterns of teacher which result to a more efficiently and effective teaching process.