ERIC Number: ED174995
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
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The Language Attitudes of Secondary School English Department Chairpersons and Staff Members in Relation to Those of Practicing Linguists.
Lee, James O.
Approximately 600 linguists, secondary School English department chairpersons, and their staff members participated in a study of whether active members of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) who were in leadership positions in their schools possessed language attitudes that were linguistically informed. The subjects responded to a questionnaire that was designed to measure the extent to which teacher attitudes revealed an acceptance of K.M. Hess's nine linguistic principles: that language is symbolic and arbitrary; highly personal and social; crucial to people's humanity; dynamic; learned, noninstinctive behavior; oral; used for a variety of purposes; systematic; and conventional. Results indicated that NCTE members who are in leadership positions at the local level as English department chairpersons demonstrated only mild endorsement of modern linguistics and that their attitudes differed significantly from those of linguists for every one of the factors established by the study. However, significant differences that existed between their attitudes and those of their staff members suggest that efforts of NCTE to promote modern linguistics as it relates to the classroom have been somewhat successful. (The questionnaire developed for the survey is appended.) (AEA)
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Note: Research prepared at the University of Pennsylvania