ERIC Number: ED296963
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
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An Investigation of Perceived Attitudes of Pre-Service and In-Service Teachers Concerning Children from Non-Traditional Families.
Horns, Virginia D.; And Others
This study investigated the attitudes of pre-service and in-service teachers toward children of divorced parents. More specifically, it sought to determine whether children from single parent families were perceived by teachers as potential personality and behavior problems in the classroom. Subjects of the study were 45 pre-service and 45 in-service teachers. The subjects were asked to view a videotape of a child interacting in the naturalistic conditions of a classroom and assess her personality traits and predict her behavior in school. One group of subjects was told that the child was from a single parent family, one group that she was from an intact family, and a third group received no information on her family status. An analysis of the findings indicated that there were some differences of perceptions of the child between the groups. It was tentatively concluded that, regardless of their level of training, teachers believed children's behavior is in some way related to their notion of the structure of the child's family. Four data tables are included. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented to the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Mobile, AL, November 11-13, 1987).