ERIC Number: ED235170
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Perceptions of Teaching as a Career by Bahamian Grade 12 Students in College-Preparatory Programs.
Enger, John M.
A questionnaire was administered to 1403 twelfth grade students in the Bahamas who were described as potentially eligible to pursue college-level work leading to teacher certification. Student opinions were sought on teacher training programs at the College of the Bahamas, conditions of teaching employment, characteristics of students in secondary schools, and contrasts between teaching and other occupations. The majority of respondents indicated that parents were most influential in their career plans, and continued education was deemed important by almost all of those responding. At least some interest in becoming a teacher was expressed by 32 percent of the students. In rating selected aspects of the college teacher education program, the most common student response was"don't know." Of the 10 conditions of teacher employment assessed, salary, equipment and facilities were rated the lowest. Aspects of teacher employment were rated lower than those of other professions, particularly in the areas of prestige and rewards. Suggestions are made for efforts to improve the image of teaching among parents of students who have the potential to become teachers and the students themselves. Tables and figures are inlcuded of study results. (Author/JD)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Employment Level, Foreign Countries, Goal Orientation, Higher Education, Parent Influence, Professional Recognition, Secondary Education, Secondary School Students, Student Attitudes, Student Educational Objectives, Teacher Education, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Salaries, Teaching (Occupation)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).