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ERIC Number: EJ1140375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 25
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0737-5328
Politically Conservative Preservice Teachers and the Spiral of Silence: Implications for Teacher Education
Journell, Wayne
Teacher Education Quarterly, v44 n2 p105-129 Spr 2017
A common perception within politically conservative circles is that American colleges and universities are bastions of liberal thought led by left-leaning faculty who seek to indoctrinate their students into adopting progressive views of the world. The purpose of this study is not to debate or justify a progressive vision of teacher education. Rather, this article explores a topic that has received little attention within the teacher education literature: how politically conservative preservice teachers respond to their teacher education programs, particularly programs they perceive to be ideologically liberal. The findings from this narrative inquiry of seven politically conservative teachers reflecting on their teacher education program offer implications for a philosophically liberal conception of teacher education that values multiple perspectives and open deliberations of ideas. Although the findings from this study are not generalizable beyond the seven participants interviewed, it is possible that, given the statistics cited in the introduction to this article, their experiences are similar to those of many politically conservative preservice teachers across the United States and, thus, offer implications for teacher education broadly.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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