ERIC Number: ED348354
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
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Perceived Problems of Public School Prekindergarten Teachers in Florida Related to Demographic Variables.
Micklo, Stephen J.
This study was conducted to identify and validate the work-related problems of public school teachers in Florida's Prekindergarten Early Intervention Program which targets economically at-risk 3- and 4-year olds. The study was designed to answer three questions: (1) What problems are perceived to be most bothersome and occur most frequently? (2) What global areas of concern can be inferred from teachers' perceptions of their problems? and (3) Are there significant relationships between problems reported and teachers' demographics (e.g., age, sex, years of teaching experience, and highest degree earned)? A state-wide sample of 55 teachers was asked to provide descriptions of their biggest classroom problems. A jury of early childhood experts, utilizing four separate instruments for statistical analysis, identified problems that occurred significantly more frequently than others. Global concerns were expressed in the following areas: (1) control and discipline; (2) parent relationships and home conditions; and (3) the prekindergarten program. Other factors included student success, time management, rapport with colleagues and students, and facilities. No significant relationships were found between problems and specific demographic variables. Two appendixes incorporate documents utilized in the generation and validation phases of this study. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Florida; Problem Identification; Teacher Problem Inventory; Who Am I Inventory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).