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ERIC Number: ED011872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Mar
Pages: 56
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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TEACHERS WHO REMAIN IN THE CLASSROOM--AN INTERVIEW STUDY OF PERSISTING TEACHERS.
HORN, ETHEL
TO IDENTIFY FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH PERSISTENCE IN TEACHING AND TO SUPPLEMENT A 10-YEAR LONGITUDINAL QUESTIONNAIRE SURVEY OF THE 1954 CLASS OF CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK STUDENT TEACHERS, 50 ELEMENTARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS, WHO HAD BEEN TEACHING FROM 7 TO 10 YEARS SINCE GRADUATION, WERE INTERVIEWED. THE SUBJECTS WERE DRAWN FROM A TOTAL OF 210 GRADUATES WHO HAD RESPONDED TO FOUR PRIOR QUESTIONNAIRES. A CONTENT ANALYSIS BASED ON SUMMARIES OF THE INTERVIEWS AND A SERIES OF RATING SCALES WAS USED. FINDINGS INDICATED THAT (1) SEX, MARITAL STATUS, AND AGE OF CHILDREN ARE THE DOMINATING FACTORS IN TEACHER PERSISTENCE, (2) THE SAMPLE WAS STRIKINGLY HOMOGENEOUS IN THEIR EARLY FAMILY BACKGROUND, IN THEIR SELF-DESCRIPTION OF CHILDHOOD QUALITIES, AND IN THEIR SOURCE OF ATTRACTION TO TEACHING, FOR EXAMPLE, ADMIRATION FOR THEIR EARLY TEACHERS, (3) THEY EXPERIENCED "REALITY SHOCK" IN THEIR INITIAL TEACHING EXPERIENCES, WHICH THEY ATTRIBUTED TO INADEQUATE METHODS COURSES IN THEIR TRAINING PROGRAMS, AND (4) MOST WOMEN EXPECTED TO REMAIN IN CLASSROOM TEACHING, WHILE MANY OF THE MEN PLANNED TO BECOME PRINCIPALS, AND (5) VARIABLES FOUND UNRELATED TO PERSISTENCE WERE GRADE LEVEL TAUGHT, LEVEL OF MORALE, AND DIFFERING EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY. THE REMARKS OF INTERVIEWEES LED TO THE RECOMMENDATION THAT TEACHERS BE INCLUDED IN CURRICULUM PLANNING RATHER THAN BEING MERELY PASSIVE RECIPIENTS OF ORDERS FROM OUTSIDE "EXPERTS" AND "SUPERIORS." (AW)
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Authoring Institution: City Univ. of New York, NY. Div. of Teacher Education.
Identifiers: New York (New York)