ERIC Number: ED457091
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Whose Values? Reflections of a New England Prep School Teacher: A Study of Values and the American Independent School.
The research reported in this book was conducted at college preparatory schools claiming to play a major role in shaping the values of those who attend them. The area of human sexuality is studied to determine if significant differences exist between the values-based attitudes and behavior of students who had attended prep schools and their public school counterparts. For those unfamiliar with the college preparatory world, Chapters 1, 2, and 3 provide a brief overview of these institutions from a historical, administrative, and faculty-staff perspective. Next are chapters on religion and athletics, two areas of prep school life that reveal much about the schools' self images and values systems. Values are also a central part of the chapters that follow in the book dealing with sexuality, quite possibly the most value-laden of all activities in Western cultures, and the way those values extend to perceptions of gender and sexual preference differences. The book ends with the author/educator's own personal reflections on her research in the light of many years of prep school teaching. Chapter titles are: (1) "The Prep School in Historical Perspective"; (2) "Prep School Administration"; (3) "Prep School Faculty and Staff"; (4) "Religion and Values"; (5) "Athletics and Values"; (6) "Sex, Values, and the Prep School Faculty"; (7) "Sex, Values, and the Prep School Students"; (8) "Homosexuality and Values"; (9) "Gender and Values"; and (10) "Sex, Education, and Values: Some Reflections." Appendices contain a list of the schools in the study and information on research methods and findings (with one table). (Contains 53 references.) (BT)
Descriptors: Athletics, Extracurricular Activities, Private Schools, Questionnaires, Religion, School Culture, Secondary Education, Sexuality, Student Attitudes, Student Behavior, Values, Values Education
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