ERIC Number: ED064209
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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The Role of the Elementary School Teacher in the Political Socialization Process.
Franklin, Virginia Thompson
This dissertation suggests that the role of social studies teachers should be to introduce new alternatives, values, and ways of thinking in civic education. One thousand three hundred seventy elementary teachers responded to a questionnaire on: 1) background; 2) liberal-conservative attitude; 3) degree of political and professional activity; 4) risk; 5) permissiveness toward political controversy in the classroom; 6) undergraduate role and activism on campus. Analysis of data shows that although most teachers place themselves as liberals on a scale, and participate in educational and local politics, the majority are not willing to engage in discussion of conflict and introduce political reality into the classroom. Instead, old models of civic education are implemented in the classroom. Teachers actively involved in campus politics as undergraduates, however, introduce political controversy into their classroom. In conclusion, schools tend to play a conservative role in the political socialization process, not adequately preparing students to deal with political problems or function in modern society. Teacher education must develop social science teachers who are skilled practitioners in the art of politics, who will feel secure in handling analysis of the problems of the modern society, and who play the role of change agent. (Author/SJM)
Descriptors: Activism, Civics, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Improvement, Educational Research, Elementary Education, Political Issues, Political Science, Political Socialization, Relevance (Education), School Role, Social Studies, Surveys, Teacher Education, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. School of Education.