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ERIC Number: ED011887
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 52
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SOCIOLOGICAL FACTORS AFFECTING RECRUITMENT INTO THE TEACHING PROFESSION ("ELEMENTS SOCIOLOGIQUES QUI INFLUENCENT LE RECRUTEMENT DES PROFESSEURS D'UNIVERSITE"). STAFFING THE UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES OF CANADA.
ROBSON, REGINALD A. H.
QUESTIONNAIRE RESPONSES FROM A SAMPLE OF 2,000 CANADIAN UNIVERSITY STUDENTS SHOWED THAT 60 PERCENT OF THEM CONSIDERED ENTERING THE ACADEMIC PROFESSION BUT THAT ONLY ONE IN 10 ACTUALLY WILL DO SO. THE PROFESSION'S ATTRACTIVE FEATURES (INTERESTING WORK AND COLLEAGUES, SOCIAL IMPORTANCE), APPEALED TO 75 PERCENT, BUT 45 PERCENT FELT THERE WAS TOO MUCH SUPERVISION, 25 PERCENT THOUGHT THE WORK INSUFFICIENTLY CHALLENGING, AND 30 PERCENT FELT PROFESSIONAL ADVANCEMENT WAS AUTOMATIC RATHER THAN DEPENDENT UPON MERIT. ABILITY TO EXPRESS THOUGHTS CLEARLY AND TO LECTURE WITHOUT EMBARRASSMENT WERE CONSIDERED IMPORTANT ABILITIES THAT WOMEN FELT THEMSELVES DEFICIENT IN AND WHICH LED THEM TO CHOOSE AN ACADEMIC CAREER LESS OFTEN THAN MEN. THOSE SELECTING AN ACADEMIC CAREER TENDED (1) TO BE MORE ABLE AND CONFIDENT, (2) TO GIVE LESS WEIGHT TO THE UNATTRACTIVE FEATURES (3) TO PLACE INTELLIGENCE ABOVE SKILL AT TEACHER-STUDENT RELATIONSHIPS AS CONSEQUENTIAL, AND (4) TO REGARD PROFESSORS AND THE ACADEMIC LIFE MORE FAVORABLY AND TO HAVE HAD GREATER CONTACT WITH PROFESSORS. RECRUITMENT FOR THE ACADEMIC PROFESSION SHOULD CONSIDER THAT UNIVERSITY TEACHING IS "LESS VISIBLE" THAN OTHER PROFESSIONS AND THAT STUDENTS WITH HIGHER ACADEMIC ABILITY ARE ATTRACTED TO ACADEMIC CAREERS BECAUSE OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTELLECTUAL ENDEAVORS WHEREAS LESS ABLE STUDENTS ARE MORE OFTEN ATTRACTED TO THE TEACHING ASPECTS. THIS DOCUMENT IS ALSO AVAILABLE FROM THE ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES OF CANADA, OTTAWA, CANADA, FOR $2.00. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Identifiers: OTTAWA