ERIC Number: ED233841
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Rural Teachers and Community Schools in Alaska.
McBeath, Gerald A.; And Others
Over 300 randomly selected teachers in rural Alaskan schools responded to a mail survey including questions regarding their background, community relationships, school social climate, roles in school governance, and evaluations of school conditions. Their average age was 33. Over half were women and 91% were Caucasian, markedly contrasting the communities they served. They averaged 7 years' teaching experience, mostly outside Alaska in non-rural areas. They averaged 30 hours/week in classroom instruction, 10 hours in planning, 4 in staff supervision, and 1 in parent meetings. Teacher-parent social contact was much more frequent. The teachers, 50% of whom had close community ties, participated in church, sports, arts, crafts, hunting, and social activities. Still, over half left Alaska in summer. Teachers expected their students to perform well, complete high school, but not continue to college, although they felt positive about their school's potential to provide excellent education. Teachers noted their active role in selecting textbooks and proposing new courses, but felt that supervisors and principals had greater influence. Eighty percent felt they were successful and felt satisfied with many aspects of their work. Many, however, expressed dissatisfaction with district operations and with the effectiveness of school administrators. (SB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Alaska State Dept. of Education, Juneau.; National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Fairbanks. Inst. of Social and Economic Research.
Identifiers: Alaska; Teacher Community Relationship