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ERIC Number: ED045067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec
Pages: 23
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A Preliminary Investigation of the Problem of Academic Freedom in the Junior College.
Fitch, Robert J.
A questionnaire on various aspects of academic freedom was mailed to 50 randomly selected members of the instructional staff at four schools in the Los Angeles Junior College District. This survey sought to identify potential problem areas and to determine in what areas further study was needed. Thirty-three instructors (66 per cent)--all teaching in the social sciences--responded. Twenty-nine of them were tenured. Results indicate that existing or expected restrictions on academic freedom in this district represent a serious problem and require further study. Thirty-nine per cent (13) reported some restriction on freedom to discuss certain controversial issues in class; 30 per cent (10) said they had experienced some form of overt pressure to avoid class discussion of such issues. The Board of Trustees was seen as the prime source of restriction. Three respondents felt restricted in discussing certain issues because colleagues or students were informing the board about the classroom activities; however, most felt that their greatest support also came from these two groups. They felt that the AFT, faculty senate, and AAUP provided the greatest professional support. In defining academic freedom, most saw it as a freedom from arbitrary restrictions or pressures, limited by reasonable standards of good taste. [Because of marginal reproducibility of original, this document is not available in hard copy.] (JO)
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Identifiers: California
Note: Seminar paper