ERIC Number: ED262481
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-2
Reference Count: 0
Belief Patterns of Catholic Elementary School Principals and Teachers.
Fech, Edward Bruce
This study was undertaken to determine the value and belief patterns of Catholic elementary school principals and teachers in the context of the school as a faith community. It was believed that some educators, particularly lay teachers, would value secular and noncommunitarian purposes and characteristics more than religious and communitarian ones. Q-methodology was used to determine if differences existed in the belief patterns of a selected number of Catholic elementary school principals and teachers from a medium-sized midwestern diocese. The Q-analyses resulted in the identification of one type of principal, one type of religious teacher, and two types of lay teachers. Principals and religious teachers were subsequently combined to form a single type: religious-"gemeinschaft." Lay teachers constituted two distinct types: religious-"gemeinschaft" and secular-"gesellschaft." The study indicated that some lay teachers hold values and beliefs regarding purposes and characteristics of Catholic schools that are inconsistent with the stated goal of building the school into a faith community. (Author/TE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).