ERIC Number: ED381460
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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Elementary Teacher Attitudes and Beliefs Regarding Religion and Education Compared with the American Population as a Whole, and Related Legal Decisions.
This paper proposes that U.S. teachers are mostly uninformed and misinformed about the appropriate place of religion on the school campus and in the classroom. Four critical questions are addressed; (1) What does the U.S. Constitution say about education and/or religion? (2) What are the current court decisions regarding specific religious teaching or activities in the school, and how informed are elementary teachers about these decisions? (3) Regarding religion and related curriculum, what do elementary teachers do/teach in the classroom? and (4) Do the basic beliefs and value systems of teachers match those of the general population? A 10-page written survey was distributed at random to approximately 100 public and parochial elementary school teachers in Hawaii and in California. Forty-eight (38 public and 10 parochial) were returned and evaluated. A literature search was used to gain additional data related to the topic. Charts and graphs accompany the text. The survey instrument is appended. (EH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
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Identifiers: California; Hawaii; United States Constitution
Note: Master's Thesis, University of Hawaii at Manoa.