ERIC Number: ED178441
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Teacher and Parent Opinion Concerning Moral/Ethical Education in the Public Schools: A Report of an Institute for Survey Research Study. Technical Report No. 2.
Sanders, Nicholas M.; Wallace, Joan D.
The report summarizes a study to determine societal perceptions of the role of the public schools in providing moral/ethical education (M/E). Group discussions were tape recorded of both junior high school teachers and parents of junior high school students in Philadelphia, Memphis, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles. Results indicated that both groups believe that the public schools unavoidably play a role in M/E instruction since teachers (whether or not they seek it) are seen by students as role models. Emphasis was placed on specialized training for M/E teachers and a general familiarity with M/E programs for all teachers. Most agreed that present efforts in M/E instruction are inadequate. Concerning the content of M/E programs, participants generally believed that consideration for others should be taught and that socialization for participation in society should be a major objective. There was general agreement that self-actualization should be an outcome of moral/ethical programs and that the content should be relevant to student concerns. The most significant conclusion is that consensus was found on a wide number of M/E issues among the groups. The group moderator's guide and a summary of teacher and parent opinions on individual questions are provided. (Author/KC)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Objectives, Ethical Instruction, Humanistic Education, Junior High Schools, Moral Values, Parent Attitudes, Relevance (Education), School Role, Secondary Education, Self Actualization, Socialization, Teacher Attitudes
Research for Better Schools, Inc., 444 North Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123 ($1.75)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.