noelle witherspoon-arnold

Faith/Religion
7:00 am
Sat September 7, 2013

Belief systems impact educator performance, Mizzou researcher finds

MU researcher Noelle Witherspoon-Arnold explores the impact of belief systems in the performance of educators.
Bridgit Bowden KBIA

 

Belief systems have a role in shaping the performance of teachers and principles – that’s what MU researcher Noelle Witherspoon-Arnold has found. According to Witherspoon-Arnold, educators with strong belief systems are more connected to their work and their students, and they are more likely to be social justice-oriented than educators without strong belief systems. But “belief system” doesn’t always mean religion – and whatever that system is, there are often tensions at play.

We sat down with her to find out more. Answers have been edited for length and clarity. 

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