ERIC Number: EJ799033
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Reference Count: 0
American Teachers: What Do They Believe?
Slater, Robert O.
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v73 n9 p47-51 May 2008
While educators desire to separate the teaching of values from the teaching of reading, writing, and mathematics--the so-called value neutral subjects--they nonetheless do teach values in the course of teaching these subjects. Teaching is as much a moral effort as it is an intellectual enterprise. This article examines the National Opinion Research Center's (NORC) General Social Survey to gain understanding of teachers' values. The author presents a summary description of some values of America's elementary and secondary school teachers gleaned from data collected from 1972 to 2006 in the areas of freedom of speech, family values, economic inequality, religion, and human nature.
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Values, Beliefs, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Freedom of Speech, Teacher Characteristics, Religion, Democracy, Social Problems, Economically Disadvantaged, Political Attitudes
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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