Addressing Teachers' Feelings of Lack of Control over Policy Issues

Eugene Judson


This study reports on how an American Education System course, traditionally taught with broad objectives, was contextualized for science teachers. Using pre-assessment data, specific policy issues were targeted with the objective of increasing teachers’ feelings of influence over issues. The approach used was adapted from exposure therapy, a method common in behavioral therapy. This involved providing greater depth of understanding of issues, revisiting issues repeatedly, and developing professional dialogue. After participating in the course, teachers were significantly less likely to list standardized testing and curriculum standards as critical issues. The teachers correspondingly significantly increased their internal locus of control over these issues.

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Journal of Education and Training Studies  ISSN 2324-805X (Print)   ISSN 2324-8068 (Online)

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