ERIC Number: ED039162
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Structure and Process of Inquiry into Social Issues in Secondary Schools. Volume II, a Study of Teacher/Student Attitude-Congruence Patterns and Student Evaluations of Controversial Social-Issues Classes and Teachers.
Sugrue, Mary A. Shea
This study was an investigation of the socio-psychological or affective "side effects" of social issues instruction. Specific student behaviors and responses were measured and evaluated. First, student evaluations of teachers and classes (appreciation, perceived value, and logical benefits in critical thinking) were measured. Secondly, relationships between a selected group of demographic, attitudinal and perceptual characteristics (of the teacher, the class, the students-based on attitude and congruence theory), and, these measured evaluations were explored. Directional hypotheses were set only for testing the students and teachers views of: the offered topics (controversiality, pertinence), opinion expression, and teacher role and technique. The degree of congruence was established between individual students and teachers regarding attitude and perception. Finally, the theoretical relationship between congruence and student reactions to their classes and teachers were tested. The data for this study was based on the original probability sample described in volume 1. Findings indicated favorable student evaluation, but, perception was signigicantly influenced by the demographic, attitude, perceptual characteristics, and the degree of congruence. Teaching implications were given. A related report: SO 000016. (SE)
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Affective Objectives, Classroom Observation Techniques, Classroom Research, Cognitive Processes, Congruence (Psychology), Discussion (Teaching Technique), Evaluation Methods, Inquiry, Interaction Process Analysis, Secondary Education, Social Problems, Social Psychology, Social Studies, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Values
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor.
Identifiers: Michigan Social Issues Project