ERIC Number: ED228444
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr-12
Reference Count: 0
Toward an Ergonomics of Adult Basic Education Instructor and Staff Development.
Williams, David C.
A study was conducted to determine if more frequent adult basic education (ABE) teacher participation in inservice programs is related to greater job satisfaction or if such factors as age, sex, years of experience, or degree attainment and coursework in adult education play a greater role. A random sample of 150 ABE teachers in Pennsylvania was derived from lists from the state education department and professional associations. One hundred-twelve of these teachers (35 male and 77 female) returned a completed Hoppock's Job Satisfaction Blank and provided additional information on age, sex, years as an ABE teacher, years in current position, highest degree attained, degree specialization, amount of coursework in adult education, frequency of participation in inservice activities, and opinion of the quality of these activities. Analysis of the results indicated no significant differences for personal variables, although older respondents tended to indicate slightly higher levels of satisfaction. On the other hand, persons with less than 1 year in their current post reported significantly less job satisfaction than those with 9 or more years in the same job. Job satisfaction was lower among persons reporting their inservice training as useless than among those who rated it higher. There was also a slight but not significant tendency for job satisfaction to increase as participation in inservice training decreased. Implications of the study included the conclusion that increased participation in training is not a satisfier to all persons; some may prefer free time as a job benefit; and ABE teacher needs should be assessed rather than assumed. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, Montreal, Canada, April 12, 1983).