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ERIC Number: ED329553
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 39
Abstractor: N/A
The American School Teacher: Agent of Change or Keeper of Tradition?
Slater, Robert O.; Tashakkori, Abbas
Observers of school reform typically point to teachers in explaining the slowness of educational reform. Results of a study of conservatism among teachers are presented in this document. A sample of 191 male and 617 female elementary and secondary school teachers was taken from the General Social Survey project, which has been conducted annually between 1972 and 1989. All of the yearly samples were combined and teachers were compared with the rest of the respondents. An analysis of the data suggests that teachers are not more conservative but are, in fact, slightly more liberal than the general population. They are, however, more conservative than those of comparable education. Thus, teachers exhibit both conservative and progressive elements, a duality that makes sense in terms of their role in society. Education is both a conservative and progressive force in society and teachers reflect this dual character. The data are displayed in eight tables. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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