ERIC Number: ED105391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Aug
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Teacher Attitudes Toward Children's Language in West Germany and England.
Shafer, Robert E.; Shafer, Susanne M.
In this study, 33 teachers in infant and junior schools in England and 31 teachers in primary and secondary schools in West Germany, representing a cross-section of schools and geographic areas in the two countries, were interviewed to determine their attitudes toward the language of children in their schools and their estimates of reasons for their attitudes. More than 90 percent of the teachers interviewed in both countries perceived the language of children coming from working class homes as being deficient in some way and also, to some extent, children from middle class homes as well. The reasons for their attitudes concerned parental neglect, the education of parents, the language of parents, the interference of social and regional dialects and in some instances a suggestion of genetic factors. The study indicated a need for further research in language attitudes of teachers and also a need for certain changes in preservice and inservice education relating to the applications of sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic knowledge to the teaching of reading and language at all levels of schooling. (Author/WR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); West Germany