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Effects of Age and Length of Professional Experience on Teachers’ Attitudes to Curricular Reform

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Author(s): Anna Tůmová

Journal: Central European Journal of Public Policy
ISSN 1802-4866

Volume: 6;
Issue: 2;
Start page: 84;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: teachers | curricular reform | teachers’ attitudes | teachers’ age | length of professional experience

ABSTRACT
The goal of the text is to establish whether teachers’ age and length of professional experience affect their attitudes to the curricular reform and its implementation in the Czech Republic. This text relies on a secondary analysis of quantitative data (N = 1002 respondents). The “age” variable was not statistically significant for either of the questions analyzed. The variable of length of professional experience was statistically significant only for three of the questions analyzed. The general trend that can be observed for these three statements is, above all, that teachers with professional experience longer than 15 years are more pessimistic about the reform. For the remaining seven variables under analysis, no significant association with the length of teachers’ professional experience was observed. In general, the effects of the variables of age and length of professional experience on teachers’ attitudes to the curricular reform and its implementation are not as strong as they might be expected or as they are often suggested by teachers or the general public.

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