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ERIC Number: ED087754
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 22
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A Career Development Study of Elementary School Teachers.
Fitzgerald, Sheila M.
Attitudes of career elementary school teachers concerning satisfaction with their current positions and the fulfillment of their career needs are examined in this study of 178 graduate education students. The measurement instrument for the study included a) a request for personal information, employment data, and career aspirations; b) 100 items measuring satisfaction with current teaching position; and c) 100 corresponding items to determine the felt needs of teachers with regard to their careers. The latter 200 items yielded 25 satisfaction scales and 25 matching need scales. Responses of the study population indicate that career teachers are less than satisfied with their current positions on most of the scales tested. The study findings suggest that schools of education should a) question whether their programs are having the desired effect in school systems; b) develop conditions that facilitate completion of post graduate studies and encourage commitment to the teaching profession; c) find ways to attract more males to advanced study in curriculum areas; and d) develop instructional programs that encourage creativity in the classroom. Implications for school systems are that evaluation programs should give more priority to teacher satisfaction and a more flexible use of staff would attract talented teachers to part-time service. Comparisons are made of subgroups with regard to age, sex, marital status, and level of education. The report includes three tables and a bibliography. (HMD)
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Minnesota Importance Questionnaire; Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire