ERIC Number: ED045567
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Teachers in Appalachia.
Little (Arthur D.), Inc., Cambridge, MA.
A study was conducted to provide information to help policy makers improve the quality and quantity of teachers in Appalachia. A 69-item questionnaire was sent to a 20 percent random stratified sample of the approximately 162,000 teachers in the Appalachian part of 11 states. Analyses included determination of urban-rural differences, contingency tables to ascertain various relationships among characteristics, step-wise multiple regression procedure to identify aspects of school districts, teachers, and community which are related to high proportions of teachers in those districts intending to remain teaching there. Recommendations were made for areas in which programs need to be developed. Results include this profile of the typical Appalachian teacher: a woman about 38 years of age, born and educated in the region (bachelor's degree in last 10 years), who has taught 10 years (in same state); who judges her college training as adequate for her needs except in methods for teaching disadvantaged and student vocational opportunities; who has had inservice training and college credit course (available within 25 miles) in last 2 years; who judges inservice training inadequate in application of educational theory and methods for disadvantaged; who doesn't work directly with student teachers, interns, or teacher aides; who chose her job for family or community reasons; who has classes of 26-35 students; who earns about $6500 annually; and who is satisfied (enough to stay) with respect from teachers and community and administration, has freedom to teach own way, and is teaching in major subjects. (JS)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Little (Arthur D.), Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Note: Report prepared for the Appalachian Regional Commission, Washington, D.C.