Social psychological correlates of teachers' language attitudes
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Examined the social psychological correlates of teachers' attitudes toward language differences. 191 regular-classroom teachers in 3 states (Arizona, Utah, and Virginia) completed surveys to determine the relative effects of psychological insecurity, political ideology, cognitive sophistication, and educational level on language attitudes. Region of the country was included as a contextual variable. Results show psychological insecurity measures and political conservatism were associated with negative language attitudes. Cognitive sophistication but not education was related to positive language attitudes. Teachers from Arizona had more positive language attitudes than did their counterparts in Utah and Virginia.
Byrnes, D. A., Kiger, G., & Manning, M. L. (1996). Social psychological correlates of teachers' language attitudes. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 26(5), 455-467.