The public school teacher as national hero/heroine in the decade of the 1980's

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dc.contributor.advisor Jones, Donald W. en_US Nelson, William George en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us--- en_US 2011-06-03T19:29:27Z 2011-06-03T19:29:27Z 1993 en_US 1993
dc.identifier LD2489.Z64 1993 .N45 en_US
dc.description.abstract This research focuses on the public school teacher in the social role of national hero/heroine in the decade of the 1980's. Using historical background which highlights the traditional attitudes of United States' society toward the school and teacher, the phenomenon of the teacher as a national hero figure in the 1980's is examined. Sociologist Orrin Klapp's theory of the process used to create the heroic social type in society is employed to analyze case studies of teachers Christa McAuliffe and Jaime Escalante in an attempt to determine what factors contribute to or inhibit the elevation of the teacher to national hero/heroine status. The factors identified are then used to suggest a possible heroic conceptionalization of teaching.The position taken by the researcher is that the idea of teaching as vocation should be given re-consideration as a basis for the development of a heroic paradigm of instructional endeavor. Teaching at its best is more than a job. Teaching can be viewed as a humane and compassionate response to the calling of the children of society. The desire to make a difference in the lives of students by meeting their educational needs is a compelling motivation for those who enter teaching. The willingness of teachers to persevere in the pursuit of their students' best interest while facing significant social and occupational impediments not only serves the greater good of the whole society but displays the act of teaching as an intrinsically heroic endeavor. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Secondary, Higher, and Foundations of Education
dc.format.extent iii, 165 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Teachers. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Heroes. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Heroes in literature. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Education -- United States -- History. en_US
dc.title The public school teacher as national hero/heroine in the decade of the 1980's en_US Thesis (D. Ed.) en_US
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