The concerns of Christian teachers in state and Christian primary and secondary schools (1990)
Christian teachers, 85 from state schools and 85 from Christian schools, responded to a questionnaire which requested information about the problems, concerns and issues facing them. Teachers were invited to suggest forms of assistance, training or other activities which might help them to deal with their concerns, or had been helpful to them in the past. This information is to be used to clarify the needs of Christian teachers and to determine appropriate courses of action towards meeting these needs.
This research uncovered common factors as well as differences between the teachers from the two types of schools. The concerns which were most frequently mentioned were: philosophical and religious matters, relationships, curriculum, behaviour, organisation, resources, legal concerns and training. Although philosophical and religious concerns were most frequently noted by teachers from both types of schools, there were significant differences between state and Christian school teachers regarding five of those concerns. Another significant difference was that the state school teachers favoured the informal and the Christian school teachers the formal learning mode. A list of forms of assistance, which were desired or had been experienced, has been compiled from the questionnaire responses. The feasibility of implementing these suggestions for assistance, and a closer examination of the other concerns which were expressed by respondents, could be investigated in future research.
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