ERIC Number: ED362522
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Heaven or Hell? The Teaching Environment of Beginning Teachers.
Bobbitt, Sharon A.
This study expands on research conducted by Bobbitt and Weaver (1992) that assessed the experience of beginning teachers in the context of the "crucible versus cradle" paradigm. Using nationally representative data on teachers from the National Center for Education Statistics' Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) of 1990-91, the analysis sought to determine those characteristics of teachers and schools that relate to how new teachers perceive their working conditions. The sample consisted of regular, full-time public school teachers (N=5,275) and regular, full-time private school teachers (N=1,459) who had 3 or fewer years of full-time teaching experience. A scale measuring the combined effects of each teacher's perceptions of their assignment difficulty and the support that the school gives to new teachers was developed from items on the SASS Public School Teachers questionnaire. Findings indicated that beginning teachers in elementary schools are much more likely to feel "nurtured" than their counterparts in secondary schools, regardless of whether they were in public or private schools, and that Black, non-Hispanic public school teachers experienced more positive teaching environments than any other racial/ethnic group. The document concludes with a discussion of implications for further research and four statistical tables. (LL)
Descriptors: Beginning Teacher Induction, Beginning Teachers, Classroom Environment, Comparative Analysis, Context Effect, Difficulty Level, Educational Experience, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Institutional Characteristics, Private Schools, Public Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teaching Conditions
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Nurturance; Perceived Environment; Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Atlanta, GA, April 12-16, 1993).