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Journal of Educational Sciences > Volume 1, No. 1, 2, 1989

Gradual Staff Development in Saudi Arabian Schools: Teacher and Administrator Attitudes toward the Teaching Profession and Inservice Programs / Abdul-Aziz H. A. Al-Bataa

The purpose of this research was to study the possibility of gradual staff development in Saudi Arabian schools. This was done through investigating Saudi teacher and administrator attitudes toward the teaching profession and inservice programs that lead to higher degrees.
With respect to the attitude toward the teaching profession, it was found that the mean scores of females, those who are younger than 26 years of age, elementary school staff, those holding below bachelor degrees. those with less than 6 years of experience, and those who live far from teacher colleges, were significantly higher than those of males, those who are 26 years of age or older, junior and secondary school staff, those holding university degrees, those with 6 years of experience or more, and those who live near colleges of education, respectively.
However, with respect to the attitude toward gradual staff development, it was found that the mean scores of all levels are relatively high with no significant difference between levels within any of the demographic variables except in the case of sex where females scored significantly higher than males.
There was a significant correlation at 0.0001 between the staff attitude toward the teaching profession and their attitude towards inservice programs.

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