ERIC Number: ED211541
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: 0
A Comparison of Career Patterns of Men and Women Teachers. Teacher Career and Promotion Study.
Whitcombe, J. E.
Interviews with 48 primary and secondary teachers in New Zealand provided comparisons of the career patterns of male and female teachers. The respondents taught at urban and rural schools and had a variety of status levels, from assistant teacher to principal. Respondents' ages ranged from under 25 to 55 years. The interviews were informal and wide-ranging, covering information given by teachers on: (1) biographical data; (2) entry into teaching; (3) mobility in the profession; (4) encouragement to seek promotion; (5) constraints on career development; (6) critical points in careers; (7) organization of household tasks; (8) impact of job-related regulations on career patterns; (9) inservice courses; (10) involvement in teacher organizations; (11) methods of job appointment; (12) sex roles in school positions; (13) opinions about women holding senior positions; (14) opinions about women as principals; and (15) future plans for teaching. The career paths showed several major differences, the most obvious being the career breaks taken by women teachers for child rearing and the subsequent damage to their eligibility for promotion. Men pursued a more aggressive method in planning career steps and in applying for positions. The men had a far greater awareness of the promotion process and took advantage of inservice courses, while the women's responses to professional involvement were essentially passive. (FG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Dept. of Education, Wellington.
Identifiers: New Zealand; Teacher Career and Promotion Study
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference of the New Zealand Association for Research in Education (1st, Wellington, New Zealand, December 7-10, 1979).