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ERIC Number: EJ763347
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
Return of the Thought Police?: The History of Teacher Attitude Adjustment
Hines, Laurie Moses
Education Next, v7 n2 p58-65 Spr 2007
In this article, the author discusses the parallels between the dispositions assessments of today's aspiring teachers and the evaluations of teachers' mental hygiene and personality that began in the 1940s and continued for two decades. The author also talks about the history of teacher attitude adjustment. She states that the screening of prospective teachers for maladjustment 50 years ago and the dispositions assessments going on today have remarkable similarities, and the history of teacher screening reveals how deeply rooted such practices are in American teacher education. Whether the standard is mental hygiene or possessing the proper political and ideological disposition, the elimination of candidates who do not pass muster gives teacher educators the power to determine who gains access to a classroom based on the values the teacher educators prefer. She concludes that those who are committed to academic freedom within higher education should be concerned when professional socialization trumps freedom of conscience in teacher education programs. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States