ERIC Number: ED393824
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Feb-22
Reference Count: N/A
Perceptions of Minority Middle School Students in Regard to Teaching as a Career Choice: 1995 Gary, Indiana Survey.
Mack, Faite R-P.; And Others
This presentation reports on a survey to explore the attitudes of African American middle school students about teaching as a career choice, and to determine their perceptions of the conditions associated with the teaching profession. The study surveyed 265 eighth-grade students in Gary, Indiana. Only 35.8 percent had had anyone talk to them about becoming a teacher, and less than 50 percent had asked a teacher why they selected teaching as a career. Survey responses also covered perceptions regarding job satisfaction, instruction level and subject area preferences, and characteristics of teachers. Findings of the study suggested that a pool of qualified African American middle school students are available to be recruited into teacher education programs. However, intervening variables such as financial support, career awareness, lack of positive information on education as a career choice, and lack of encouragement appear to be barriers in enlisting minority high school graduates into the teaching field. In addition to the findings of the survey, the report offers 12 strategies for immediately increasing minority student enrollment in preprofessional education programs, including: career opportunities for minorities with degrees outside of teacher education and career ladder opportunities for non-certified employees already in the schools; alternative certification programs using evening and weekend study; establishment of Future Teacher Associations at middle and high schools; scholarships with work-study and summer employment opportunities; school visits by successful educators; mentors for high school and college students interested in teaching careers; "publicity" activities that communicate the employment rewards offered by teaching; and "magnet" middle and high schools that have a teaching career theme. (Contains 44 references.) (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: African Americans
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (48th, Chicago, IL, February 21-24, 1996).