ERIC Number: ED453191
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
The Schooling Transformative Process: How Schooling Shapes Values.
Davis, Danne; Jackson, Janna M.; Pizzi, Jonathan D.
This study examined the role of schooling in shaping student values, examining how teachers' cultural, religious, and other personal values influenced their teaching practice and how supervisors and mentors of preservice and inservice teachers needed to help them uncover their individual values and biases. The study involved 12 inservice and former classroom teachers with experience in a variety of settings. Participants completed interviews in which they discussed how their values shaped their teaching. They also brought in lesson plans for analysis. Gradually, the focus of the study moved from examining the extent to which teachers' values informed their practice to how schooling shaped students' individual values. Researchers coded and analyzed the data, which indicated that teachers' values did not always complement the values of the family, community, or school. Teachers saw their students as coming to school with externally influenced values, and saw the school's job as that of transforming those values into shared values of the classroom community and producing individuals with internally derived values. Participants' comments revealed the cyclical nature of the process. They argued that the end product of educated consumers was ideal, and realistically, people will always be influenced by external forces. (Contains 16 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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