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ERIC Number: ED002799
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1958-Jan
Pages: 121
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AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF FACTORS INFLUENCING THE CHOICE OF COLLEGE TEACHING AS A CAREER.
ECKERT, RUTH E.; STECKLEIN, JOHN E.
INFORMATION REGARDING A SELECTED GROUP OF COLLEGE STUDENTS WAS GATHERED TO HELP DETERMINE THE DECISIONS WHICH INFLUENCED THEIR CAREER CHOICE. A QUESTIONNAIRE WAS COMPLETED BY ABOUT 700 PERSONS, PROVIDING INFORMATION ABOUT FAMILY BACKGROUND, PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE, PRESENT POSITION, AND REASONS FOR ENTERING COLLEGE TEACHING. ABOUT 10 PERCENT OF THESE TEACHERS, SELECTED AT RANDOM, WERE ALSO INTERVIEWED TO PROVIDE A GREATER DEPTH OF INFORMATION. BOTH MEANS OF INQUIRY WERE DESIGNED SO THAT THE VARIOUS ANSWERS COULD BE USED TO DEVELOP SOME METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING PERSONALITY AND BACKGROUND FACTORS WHICH INFLUENCE QUALIFIED PERSONS TO ENTER COLLEGE TEACHING AND TO PROVIDE A COMPREHENSIVE PICTURE THAT WOULD BE USEFUL IN PLANNING A NATIONWIDE STUDY OF MOTIVATIONS FOR COLLEGE TEACHING. ALTHOUGH LIMITED TO THE TEACHERS IN ONE STATE, THIS PROGRAM AIMED AT REFINING TECHNIQUES AND DISCOVERING RELATIONSHIPS THAT COULD BE SYSTEMATICALLY EXPLORED IN LATER EFFORTS. MAJOR FINDINGS WERE RELATIVELY SIGNIFICANT. HOWEVER, FURTHER STUDY WAS RECOMMENDED TO COVER A WIDER AREA INCLUDING SUCH SUBJECTS AS WHY INDIVIDUALS MAY OR MAY NOT SELECT THE COLLEGE TEACHING FIELD AND HOW TO IMPROVE THE TEACHING ENVIRONMENT AND EDUCATIONAL SATISFACTIONS OF THE PERSONS WHO DO MAKE COLLEGE TEACHING THEIR CHOICE. (JH)
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Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis.
Identifiers: MINNESOTA; Minnesota (Minneapolis)