Michaela Herrick



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Teachers are powerful agents of socialization to the students whom they instruct. Extensive research has been done on the impact of certain teaching styles, methods, and educational perspectives. However, lacking in many of these studies is the investigation of the relationship between a teacher’s educational beliefs and his or her personal beliefs, behaviors, and his or her ethical leanings. An evaluation of this relationship was undertaken through the use of survey research conducted in the Montgomery County Public School System of Ohio with full-time high school instructors. Schools from Montgomery Country Public Schools were selected using simple random sampling techniques. This survey ascertains how a teacher views the classroom setting and students, basic demographic information, educational background of the instructor, and behavioral questions that approximate ethical tendencies. Frequency analysis of responses indicates high occurrences of a feminist care ethic and of a deontological ethic in teacher perceptions. Analysis also reveals that respondents view their job as an educator is to be a facilitator to actively engaged students who possess a strong work ethic.

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Jeanne Holcomb, Danielle Poe

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Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work


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Evaluating Teacher Beliefs and Attitudes in High School Education