ERIC Number: ED244859
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Teacher of Social Studies in Public Secondary Schools.
Lowe, William T.
The personal and professional attributes, beliefs, interests, and behaviors of secondary social studies teachers were examined. Major sources of data included: a prior study which surveyed a random sample of teachers in six states; a survey of three high schools in the Rochester, New York, area; a publication of the New York State Education Department containing self-reported data supplied by teachers; and three major studies sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Findings showed that the average social studies teacher is a male in his late thirties, married with children, serious about his religion, but not very interested in further academic preparation. He is not a feminist, supports freedom-of-choice on abortions, wants the federal government to play a role in education, rejects forced busing, and supports the rights of gays. He worries about keeping his job; declining purchasing power also concerns him. He is proud of his profession, but does not support professional associations. He likes working with young people and is convinced that he is well-informed. He relies heavily on a textbook and doesn't care about educational innovations. (RM)
Descriptors: Age, Curriculum, Educational Research, Ethnicity, Females, Males, Marital Status, Public Schools, Race, Recreational Activities, Religion, Secondary Education, Secondary School Teachers, Social Studies, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Background, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Supply and Demand, Teaching Experience
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses
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