ERIC Number: ED228217
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Professional Role Performance Difficulties Reported by First Year Home Economics Teachers in Illinois Public Schools.
Ellis, Joseph R.; Ellis, Deloris J.
A survey identified professional roles and activities which were considered areas of difficulty for first year home economics teachers. Seven roles were considered, involving the teacher as: (1) planner; (2) director and helper of learning; (3) counselor and guide to the students; (4) mediator and interpretor of the culture; (5) a link with the community; (6) member of the teaching profession; and (7) member of the school community. Respondents also rated the difficulty of six professional activities: (1) working in a mainstreamed situation; (2) managing learning laboratory settings; (3) obtaining instructional equipment, supplies, and materials; (4) providing career education; (5) working in extra class activities; and (6) providing a broad range of content and activities. The role ranked as being of the greatest difficulty was "teacher as a link with the community," followed by "teacher as a mediator and interpretor of the culture." These rankings, when compared with those made by teachers in seven other curricular areas, revealed a similar pattern regarding the two teacher roles considered most difficult. The home economics teachers ranked "obtaining instructional equipment, supplies, and materials" as the area of highest professional difficulty. (JD)
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Home Economics Teachers, Instructional Materials, Job Satisfaction, Program Improvement, Resource Allocation, Role Perception, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Role
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Illinois; Professional Role