Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department or Program
Economics, Business, and Finance
Second Department or Program
Robert J. Lemke
Kent R. Grote
Michael T. Hartney, Boston College
As alternative teacher certification programs, accountability measures urged by federal mandates, and unconventional school structures such as the charter school movement have gained traction, a loud debate over how to ‘fix’ America’s schools has ensued amongst teachers, administrators, researchers, and policymakers. This thesis examines teacher attitudes regarding a number of education reform initiatives including tenure, accountability for student achievement, and school choice using Brookings’ 2003 Survey of Educators, a sample of 3,264 public school teachers. My empirical analysis extends the findings of Moe’s Special Interest by looking at the quality of undergraduate teacher training as a predictor of these attitudes. Then, political theory is used to make sense of why teachers unions have chosen to take education policy stances that substantial portions of their membership disagree wit.
Bell, Lauren Taylor, "Predicting Teacher Attitudes Toward Education Reform Initiatives" (2018). Senior Theses.