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Doyle, Denis P. – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1984
The problem with textbooks reflects the deeper uncertainties in our culture. As a society, we have lost sight of what it is we want our children to learn. (Author/GC)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Social Influences, Social Values, Textbook Content
Armbruster, Bonnie B. – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1984
Basal reading, science, and social studies textbooks for elementary school students are too often stilted, boring, inaccurate, and/or confusing. If the children are to enjoy learning, textbook content and quality must be improved. (GC)
Descriptors: Basal Reading, Elementary Education, Social Studies, Textbook Content
Kirst, Michael W. – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1984
The author recounts his experiences in the textbook adoption process during his tenure on the California State Board of Education from 1975 to 1981. The focus on legal criteria (such as the reflection of cultural or racial diversity or print and page size), he argues, too often overrides concern with quality of the books' contents. (GC)
Descriptors: Board of Education Role, Elementary Secondary Education, State Boards of Education, State Standards
Billups, Lovely H.; Rauth, Marilyn – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1984
Discusses findings on effective classroom management and group dynamics. The practices outlined are drawn from classroom observation research conducted over the past decade. (GC)
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Effectiveness
Dunne, Faith – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1984
A number of forces steer talented undergraduates away from the choice of teaching as a profession. Both liberal arts colleges and professional educators have helped their brightest students to view precollege teaching as a career that is legitimate only for those who can't aspire to more prosperous fields. (KH)
Descriptors: Career Awareness, Career Choice, College Students, Elementary Secondary Education
Bernstein, Jeremy – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1984
Presents three reasons for teaching science to students headed for career in other fields: curiousity, technological bewilderment, and technological necessity. Briefly describes two college courses which center on solving a science problem with social, political, and moral implications. (KH)
Descriptors: College Science, Higher Education, Science Education, Scientific Literacy
Darling-Hammond, Linda – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1984
Observes the increasing use of class test scores for rating teachers and reviews arguments against this practice. Cites research pointing to a variety of influences on standardized test scores other than teacher performance. Concludes that teacher evaluation must incorporate a variety of measures. (KH)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Performance Factors
Pines, Maya – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1984
Even as children, some individuals cope remarkably with stressful situations. They are active and know how to seek adult support. Research suggests that their strong personalities are rooted in part in the treatment they receive as infants, but also that schools can effectively help deprived children to become well-adjusted adults. (KH)
Descriptors: Child Development, Child Welfare, Disadvantaged Youth, Elementary Secondary Education
Ward, Beatrice A. – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1984
Discusses the advantages for teachers in collaborating with educational researchers. Asserts that such participation reduces teacher isolation and makes the job of teaching more stimulating. Focuses on successful, ongoing projects in New York, Michigan, and California, and offers ideas for joining the teacher-as-researcher movement. (KH)
Descriptors: Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Research and Development, Research Opportunities
Schneider, William – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1984
Argues that consumers of public education are more satisfied with it than is the public at large. Both groups agree, however, that the major problems in the schools are a result of broad social change. (CMG)
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Majority Attitudes, Participant Satisfaction
Jennings, Lane – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1984
Discusses developments in computer technology--touch screen controls, the joystick, the mouse, voice synthesis, and speech recognition--which are making computers more acceptable to and usable by the general public. Also discusses applications in the appliance, automobile, health, and robotics fields which are making computers ever more important…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Computer Science, Computers, Public Opinion
Kramer, Rita – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1983
The traditional family atmosphere provides the best setting for the nurturing of children and the building of their character. (Author/AOS)
Descriptors: Child Development, Child Rearing, Childhood Needs, Children
Bane, Mary Jo – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1983
As women become more independent, the responsibility for family care of children and elderly dependents is being shared by public or private out of home services. It is important, however, that the personal element of care not be lost. (Author/AOS)
Descriptors: Adult Foster Care, Children, Day Care, Employed Women
Elshtain, Jean Bethke – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1983
Radical feminism has done a disservice in its call to women to abandon their traditional family roles. Rather than deny women the meaning that traditional female roles provide, feminists should seek to break down societal values that downgrade these roles and to create a better social environment for family life. (Author/AOS)
Descriptors: Family (Sociological Unit), Females, Feminism, Sex Role
Wynne, Edward – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1983
Suggests that the way to curb discipline problems in schools might be both to clearly spell out rules and to alert students to penalties that go with violating them. (AOS)
Descriptors: Behavior Standards, Discipline Policy, Discipline Problems, Elementary Secondary Education
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