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ERIC Number: ED274578
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-May-30
Pages: 86
Abstractor: N/A
The Influence of Secondary Teachers' Pedagogical Ideology on the Teaching of Global Issues: A Phenomenological Study.
Fowler, Robert H.
The study provides a descriptive-analytic synopsis of the pedagogical ideology of three groups of Canadian teachers as it applies to the teaching of global issues and their beliefs as to the chief influences on the development of their own ideological stances. The population for the study included 36 teachers from 5 districts in Ontario (divided into 2 categories, Metro and non-Metro) and 1 district in Saskatchewan (Metro only) who volunteered to participate. The research was founded on 2 assumptions: (1) human behavior is significantly influenced by the context in which it occurs; and (2) one cannot understand human behavior without understanding the framework within which the individuals under study interpret their environment. Specifically, the study examined respondents' beliefs about the degree to which they enjoyed curricular autonomy, their beliefs about reasons for choices in selection and depth of treatment of content and teaching methodologies, and beliefs about the significant influences on their ideological stance. The picture that emerged from the data revealed a maturing, non-mobile group who enjoyed and were comfortable with a considerable degree of curricular autonomy. Their ideologies reflected in a general way their own provincial and local contexts, their travel and education, and above all their professional experience. However, each respondent's idiosyncracies also affected approaches to teaching, and it was considered too difficult to probe deeply into this dimension. Twenty-two tables are included. (TRS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A