ERIC Number: ED045658
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
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Language Theories of Kentucky English Teachers.
Peyton, Jimmie Andre
This study posed the following questions: (1) Do English teachers have theories of language? (2) If so, what is the nature and strength of those theories? (3) How are the factors of education, experience, professional affiliation and teaching situation related to the presence of such theories? (4) What implications do the answers to these questions hold for pre-service, in-service, and continuing education? An opinionnaire administered to a cross-section of Kentucky teachers was used to answer the first two questions, and the chi-square test of independence was used to determine question 3. The following distribution of the teachers was found: 20.4% are traditionalists, 24.8% are linguists, and 54.8% are uncommitted to either theory. A dependent relationship was found between theory classification and educational background, teaching experience, and teaching situation, but not professional affiliation. It was recommended that teacher education institutions broaden their requirements in courses on the nature and operation of language, that in-service education be strengthened, and that state certification requirements in this area be broadened. (Author/LK)
Descriptors: English Instruction, Inservice Teacher Education, Language, Language Instruction, Language Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Teacher Background, Teacher Certification, Teaching Conditions, Teaching Experience, Theories
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Kentucky.