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ERIC Number: ED073064
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 30
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Problems Perceived by Seventy-Five Beginning Elementary School Teachers.
Franc, Lillian H.
This descriptive study concerns problems in teaching as perceived by 75 beginning elementary school teachers. Two data-gathering instruments were developed: a 10-item open-ended questionnaire and a partially structured interview guide. The responses of the questionnaire were classified according to qualitative and quantitative data. The subcategories of quantitative data were problems perceived by beginning teachers, problems perceived as most urgent, sources of help, college program as related to identified problems, teachers' organizations in relation to identified problems, and sources of on-the-job satisfaction. The three subcategories of qualitative data were problem sense, adequacy, and commitment. Results show that the problems perceived by beginning teachers include (a) instruction, (b) control and attention, (c) use of materials, (d) use of time, (e) interpersonal relationships, and (f) use of space. The study also shows that (a) the administrator is the greatest source of help, (b) teachers' organizations are generally ineffective, (c) teacher-pupil interaction gives the most job satisfaction, and (d) teacher-administrator relationship is an urgent problem. The results also indicate difficulty among teachers in coping with identified problems. Also reported is a lack of self-adequacy. However, two-thirds of the teachers saw a commitment to a larger human need as related to identified problems. Ten tables of statistical results are presented.) (BRB)
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