ERIC Number: ED410071
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Teacher's Influence on Rural Adolescents.
Hedlund, Dalva E.; Hine, Lynn Drumheller
Sixteen graduates of rural high schools were interviewed and asked to describe specific interactions with adults during their high school days that had significantly affected their thoughts about themselves or their future. Brief discussions examine the reasons that teachers have an impact on rural adolescents, what constitutes a "rural" teacher impact, the relationship between rural education and the rural community, and the importance of teacher actions in light of their professional responsibilities to young people. The interviewees' perceptions were grouped into five clusters, each of which was divided into positive or negative outcomes: learned values, life choices, self-esteem, academics, and social skills. Teacher actions were clustered into professional and relationship actions, each one divided into positive or negative outcomes. Results indicate that some teachers had tremendous influence on some students, and with one exception, all participants mentioned at least one teacher who had a positive influence on their life. Teachers seem to have a high probability of affecting academic motivation and performance, but there were relatively few examples of teachers affecting values, and these tended to be negative. Implications for professional ethics and teaching practice are discussed. Appendices include 14 references; interview results; and descriptions of participants by education, rurality of school, and gender. (TD)
Descriptors: Aspiration, Critical Incidents Method, Ethics, High School Graduates, High Schools, Interviews, Rural Education, Rural Youth, Secondary School Teachers, Self Esteem, Teacher Expectations of Students, Teacher Influence, Teacher Student Relationship
Rural Schools Program, Department of Education, Kennedy Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC.
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