Teachers as agents of political influence in the Israeli high schools
TATE Volume 18, Number 1 ISSN 0742-051X Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
On the assumption that schools serve as agents of political socialization, the present study was designed first to identify those teachers who exert influence on the political attitudes of their high school students and second, to characterize them. In the first phase of the study, 866 high school students in the three main cities of Israel were asked to identify those teachers who influenced their political attitudes. Five hundred ninety-one students reported to be politically influenced by 86 teachers, who were compared with 81 noninfluential teachers. The results showed that, compared to noninfluential teachers, influencial teachers are more often males, of Israeli origin, with a master's degree, teaching social sciences and humanities. Also the influential teachers hold more progressive, democratic, dovish and Zionist attitudes than the noninfluential teachers, support more political education and tend to be more aware of and involved in politics.
Bar-Tal, D. & Harel, A.S. Teachers as agents of political influence in the Israeli high schools. Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 18(1), 121-134. Elsevier Ltd.