ERIC Number: ED204693
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug-5
A Survey of Attitudes and Knowledge About Homosexuality Among Secondary School Teachers in Training.
Baker, Donald F.
Many college students are either misinformed or unaware of certain aspects of homosexuality. A survey of university students enrolled in undergraduate teacher preparation programs indicated that nearly half agreed that teachers who have negative attitudes toward homosexuality should be able to request that a homosexual student enroll in another class. Examination of the students' attitudes and knowledge about the etiology of homosexuality and its relationship to education revealed that individuals who were most liberal and most knowledgeable about homosexuality tended to be from higher socio-economic backgrounds, were non-christian, had lower religious interests, lived in urban areas, and attended a private university. The findings suggest that because teachers can provide valuable guidance about sexuality to students, future teachers should receive training to meet the challenge of homosexuality in educational settings. (Author/JAC)
Descriptors: College Students, Demography, Education Majors, Etiology, Higher Education, Homosexuality, Religious Factors, Self Concept, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Influence, Teacher Role
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Thesis, Southern Methodist University, TX.