ERIC Number: ED220988
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Teachers in Transition: Study of an Aging Teaching Force. Informal Series/44.
Miller, John P.; And Others
Discussions by 56 educators from a Canadian school district on their job satisfactions and dissatisfactions, aspirations, and life transitions in tape recorded interviews provided the primary data for this study of adult development among teachers and administrators. Secondary data were obtained from a questionnaire survey of an additional 383 teachers. The respondents were grouped by age according to the adult developmental stages outlined in the works of Daniel Levinson and Gail Sheehy. Teachers under 30 expressed greater dissatisfaction and teachers over 40 expressed greater satisfaction than did other teachers surveyed. Satisfaction derived mainly from work with students, while dissatisfaction resulted from frustration over the attitudes of a few students. Most teachers felt fulfilled in their work. Women were more optimistic than men about promotion and had more diverse aspirations. Male teachers in their early thirties stressed the importance of work while women of the same age found fulfillment in their families. By the time teachers reached their early forties, women found more fulfillment in work and men found more in their families. Teachers older than 45 found fulfillment in both work and family. This report includes illustrative quotes from the interviews and a copy of the questionnaire. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrators, Adult Development, Adults, Age Differences, Chronological Age, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Job Satisfaction, Midlife Transitions, Need Gratification, Questionnaires, Self Actualization, Teacher Attitudes, Teachers
Publications, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1V6, Canada ($6.95 prepaid).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.