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ERIC Number: ED315167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 12
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The Effects of Teacher's Selected Educational Experiences on Perceptions of Children of Divorce.
Green, Virginia P.; Schaefer, Lyn
Teachers' beliefs about the probable classroom performances of children from broken homes were explored. The investigation had three purposes: (1) to obtain data on teachers' opinions and knowledge about children of divorce; (2) to investigate teachers' feelings about the school's role regarding children of divorce; and (3) to determine how two variables relate to teacher education about divorce: (a) number of years teachers had taught and (b) grade level taught. The 117 subjects were representative of teachers from across the nation. Survey data, which was derived from the administration of the Teacher Attitude toward Divorce and Role of the School questionnaire, revealed that teachers' opinions of children from broken homes and attitudes about their own roles in helping these children depended upon the divorce education the teachers had received. Divorce education for teachers varied from short presentations to complete courses. Teachers of younger children appeared to be more aware than others of the possibility of adjustment problems. Length of teaching experience did not seem to influence sensitivity to children of divorce. It is concluded that divorce education has a strong positive impact on teachers' attitudes about their responsibility to children from broken homes. However, this was true for teachers of children beyond the third grade only. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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