The purpose of this study was to determine whether or not there were differences in the basic philosophies of Seminary Teachers who were ranked highest and lowest by experienced coordinators. It also sought to determine which philosophical background was associated with the most successful teachers, and which with the least successful.
Seminary teachers of three districts were surveyed by the Ames Inventory, and each coordinator identified his ten most successful and least successful teachers. The results of the Inventory and the teacher rankings were tabulated and compared, using Chi Square analysis to determine if differences were significant.
The findings indicated a significant difference in the basic philosophies. The philosophy most associated with the top men was Idealism. Realism, associated with the bottom rated men, was rejected by the top men, with only one exception.
College and Department
Religious Education; Church History and Doctrine
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Sumner, V. Mack, "A Study of Basic Philosophies of Seminary Teachers Determined by the Ames Philosophical Belief Inventory" (1970). Theses and Dissertations. 5153.
Philosophy, religion, Mormon Church, Seminaries