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ERIC Number: ED087753
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 36
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A Career Needs Comparison of Elementary School Teachers and Undergraduate Students in an Elementary School Teacher Preparation Program.
Fitzgerald, Sheila M.
To determine if the career needs of undergraduate students entering a teacher preparation program would be similar to the needs expressed by experienced teachers on the Minnesota Importance Questionnaire (MIP), the responses of 100 undergraduate elementary education students at Michigan State University were compared to those of 178 career teachers engaged in graduate studies at the University of Minnesota. Twenty-five scales adapted from the MIP were represented by 100 items which the respondents ranked on a one-to-five point Likert scale. Analysis of the responses showed that a) the undergraduate group had significantly lower career needs in the areas of advancement, compensation, recognition, supervision, and work accomplishment; b) the mean differences between the two groups were not significantly different for 15 of the 25 scales; c) both groups indicated that creativity, cooperation, dedication of teachers, and overall job satisfaction were their most important career needs; and d) both groups agreed that work accomplishment (amount of paper work), structure, recognition, and advancement were low priority career needs. Findings of this study suggest that a) more flexible staffing schedules would increase job satisfaction for teachers; b) schools of education must present a more realistic view of the teaching profession and make stronger efforts to attract males to the profession; and c) studies need to be conducted that relate satisfaction of teachers to their measured effectiveness. (The report includes 10 statistical tables and a copy of the survey questionnaire.) (HMD)
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Minnesota Importance Questionnaire