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ERIC Number: EJ792083
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr-4
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
The Public View of Politics in the Classroom
Wilson, Robin
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n30 pA22 Apr 2008
The older Americans are, and the less time they have spent on a college campus, the more likely they are to believe that professors are politically biased. That's the chief finding of a question from a survey conducted through The Chronicle/Gallup Panel that asked Americans: "How often do you believe that college professors use their classrooms as a platform for their personal politics?" Only 29 percent of those age 25 to 34, and who are more likely to have spent time on a college campus in recent years, responded that professors "often" use their classrooms to espouse their political views. But that response grew to 41 percent of those between the ages of 45 and 54, and to nearly 60 percent of those over age 65. "The Chronicle" talked about the survey findings with professors who study political bias in the classroom, including several scholars at George Mason University, where it is a popular research topic. The results, they said, may show that accusations that liberal professors are trying to indoctrinate students have gained traction, particularly with Americans who do not have much personal experience in college classrooms. Indeed, the poll also shows that Americans who have not earned college degrees are much likelier than others to believe that professors use their classrooms as political bully pulpits.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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