ERIC Number: ED196894
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
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Twenty-Year Countdown Attitudes of Teachers About the Future.
Sherman, Charles E.; Morris, Jeanne B.
Attitudinal data were collected on 606 teachers in the fall of 1978 and 426 teachers in the spring of 1979 concerning the prospects of solving, by the year 2000, problems of energy, pollution, hunger, threat of nuclear war, and teacher potential for influencing changes for the better in world conditions. The attitudes of the two groups were compared according to their religious orientation, sex, and age. Respondents were also asked to report their views about perceived changes needed in teacher education programs designed to increase optimism about the future for teachers. Some of the findings reported are: (1) teachers with a religiously oriented belief system were more optimistic about the future than those who were nonreligiously oriented; (2) views of teachers about the future are not related to the factor of sex; and (3) younger teachers are less optimistic about the future than older teachers. Concerning changes in teacher education programs, respondents suggested that courses should: (1) be more humanistic; (2) be more future oriented; and (3) contain more emphasis on the affective domain. Additionally, some respondents noted that teachers should receive training in values clarification, and in developing and maintaining a positive vision of their role in society. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Education Section, World Future Society (2nd, Minneapolis, MN, October 18-21, 1979).