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ERIC Number: ED380448
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Feb-13
Pages: 22
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Parental Attitudes Regarding the Characteristics of a "Best Teacher": Comparison by Gender and Ethnic Group.
Mack, Faite R-P.; And Others
This investigation surveyed 505 parents of elementary school students enrolled in the Grand Rapids (Michigan) Public School District regarding the characteristics of a "best teacher." Approximately 50 percent of the parent responses were from minority parents (35.6 percent African American, 10.6 percent Hispanic, 2.4 percent Native American, and .8 percent Asian American). In general, the "best teacher" was identified as a female. Except for Native American parents, the "best teacher" was identified as belonging to the same ethnic/racial group as the parent. Both male and female parents reported the following characteristics being most typical: conversed without the use of excessive slang or poor grammar, had high expectations for students, demonstrated punctuality and good attendance, was enthusiastic about teaching and made teaching fun, was able to manage disruptive behavior, and served as a role model of a successful individual. Findings present important differences in what various gender and racial/ethnic categories of parents expect and deem important in the characteristics of a "best teacher." (Contains 17 references.) (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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