ERIC Number: ED389681
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Valuable Views: A Public Opinion Research Report on the Views of AFT Teachers on Professional Issues.
American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.
This study sought the opinions of teachers, all members of the American Federation of Teachers, on issues such as student discipline, common academic standards, inclusion, professional development, and school reform. The telephone survey of a sample of 800 teachers from kindergarten through Grade 12 was conducted in Spring, 1995. Findings include the following; (1) 98 percent of respondents were aware of their union membership; (2) 55 percent of the teachers in urban districts gave a negative evaluation of their systems' ability to meet students' educational needs while only 21 percent of those in suburban and small town areas did so; (3) teachers most wanted to see educational reform address parental involvement and classroom discipline; (4) 50 percent of all teachers said they could still improve their teaching a great deal with training and support; (5) more than 6 in 10 teachers had had some kind of experience with inclusion and 75 percent said inclusion was not a good idea including 64 percent who reported strong feelings about this issue; (6) 49 percent of teachers said that they currently had a student who "should really not be there because of the disciplinary problems he or she poses," and two in every three teachers said they had been verbally abused by a student; and (7) teachers registered strong support for national educational standards. A copy of the questionnaire is attached. (JB)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Behavior Disorders, Discipline, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Inclusive Schools, Opinions, Professional Development, Student Behavior, Teacher Attitudes, Unions
American Federation of Teachers, 555 New Jersey Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20001-2079 (single copy free, $1 each for five or more; item no. 177).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Federation of Teachers, Washington, DC.