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Teachers’ Attitudes to Tracking: Testing the Socialization Hypothesis

Author(s): Mgr. Michal Paulus , Arnošt Veselý, Magdalena Mouralová
Type: Articles in refereed journals
Year: 2017
Number: 0
ISSN / ISBN: 1366-4530
Published in: Teacher Development, Vol. 21, No. 2 PDF
Publishing place: Taylor & Francis
Keywords: tracking, teachers, attitudes, socialization, Czech Republic
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Abstract: The paper examines how teachers’ attitudes towards tracking (separating pupils into groups with different curricula on the basis of their abilities and results) differ among various generations of teachers. Fundamental and quick changes in the educational system occurred in the Czech Republic after the Velvet Revolution in 1989 as a unified educational system moved to a system strongly accenting tracking practices. We use this “natural experiment” to validate teacher socialization theory and test three alternative socialization hypotheses based on different key periods in teachers’ development: the pupil experience hypothesis, the pedagogical preparation hypothesis and the pedagogical experience hypothesis. We work with a data set from 2009 covering 1002 Czech teachers. The mean tests and the logistic regression analysis support the socialization theory, however only the pedagogical experience hypothesis was found to be statistically significant.

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