ERIC Number: ED212457
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Psychology in Two Small Mexican-American School Districts.
In order to understand teachers' perceptions of their school, students, and community, a questionnaire was administered to 125 teachers in the Canutillo (Texas) school district and 25 teachers in the adjacent Anthony (Texas) school district. The questionnaire elicited information of teachers' perception with regard to content knowledge, classroom management, interprofessional relations, special education, issues, curriculum, and professional and personal information. Some questions were given to both teachers and students. On the whole, teachers showed little enthusiasm for more training and seemed more concerned with obtaining further certification than increasing classroom skills. Younger teachers appeared both more confident in their work and more willing to further their training. Teacher stress was the educational issue of most concern. Teachers felt that they were in a professionally stressful situation without any strong group support for empathy, and seemed to find problems when interacting with other teachers. Two-thirds of the teachers liked the subject they were teaching and were comfortable with their professional role and cultural identity. Over half favored participating in a program directed at changing students' attitudes toward school. Only one-third felt informed about the goals of the school district. Results indicated that teachers and students had different perceptions of which subjects were important. (CM)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Classroom Techniques, Comparative Analysis, Decoding (Reading), Elementary Secondary Education, Interprofessional Relationship, Mexican American Education, Mexican Americans, Phonics, Professional Continuing Education, Professional Development, Stress Variables, Student Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Texas (Anthony); Texas (Canutillo)
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