Classroom Politics - Articles

Type, Academe, and the Culture Wars

Many writers over the past 20 years have addressed the value conflicts in American society often referred to as the culture wars. Recently, the culture wars have appeared on college campuses (and some might say re-appeared). In this article, we briefly review research studies suggesting that political affiliations of college professors indeed do tend to lean "left," although the distribution of political affiliations is more nuanced if one takes into account the academic disciplines of the professors. Following this review of professors' political orientations we suggest that the psychological type preferences of professors may play a role in the "academy's" liberal orientation.


The Classroom as a Political Arena

Results from two research studies suggest students do perceive their classroom as involving politics.  This articles discusses the political dimensions of the classroom and the factors that are associated with classroom politics perceptions.

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