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ERIC Number: ED449537
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 30
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Technical and Professional Communications in Secondary Schools: Barriers Created by Teachers' Beliefs and Attitudes.
Abraham, Nargis; Belanger, Joe
A study investigated British Columbian English teachers' beliefs and values as factors in their willingness to implement a senior-secondary English course focusing on technical and professional communication, Technical and Professional Communications 12 (TPC12). Statistically significant differences at the .05 level of confidence were found between those willing to implement the new curriculum and those unwilling to implement it on 35 of the 88 factors analyzed, with a further 21 approaching significance. The educational backgrounds and work experiences of the two groups were relatively homogenous: only three of the 21 comparisons were significant (e.g., significantly more of those unwilling to implement were English majors while significantly more of those willing to implement TPC12 were English minors as undergraduates). Substantial differences were found between the two groups on beliefs about the appropriateness of the substance of TPC12: all five questions contrasting aesthetic/efferent literature elicited significant differences; there were also significant differences regarding the inclusion of scientific texts and the number of hours to devote to teaching non-literary materials. A subsample of 11 respondents was interviewed about their views on the need, clarity, complexity, and practicality of the TPC12 curriculum. Those willing to implement were more likely to feel that the course was necessary, had a clearer understanding of the intent of the course, saw implementation of this curriculum as less complex, and had a stronger belief in the practicality and quality of the course than those unwilling to implement. (Contains 43 references and 7 tables of data. An appendix provides the survey instrument.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada