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ERIC Number: ED106264
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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Perceived Problems of Secondary School Teachers.
Cruickshank, Donald R.; And Others
This study was undertaken to (a) identify and verify a subset of educationally significant events, (b) analyze the events grossly, (c) suggest how the events could be captured and recorded, and (d) suggest a way by which potentially useful theoretical knowledge could be identified and employed. An ancillary concern was to develop instruments which could be validated for use in further studies. In this study, significantly bothersome and frequently perceived problems of teachers were considered to be educationally significant events. The procedure used to identify and verify these educationally significant events were as follows: (a) descriptions of "raw problems" were solicited from teachers over a 10-day period, (b) the descriptions were synthesized for the purpose of developing a checklist, and (c) the checklist was administered to an independent sample of teachers in order to determine specific problems and problem clusters that were reported as most bothersome and that occurred most frequently. The results suggest two different conclusions. The first is that teacher problems consist largely of role-related strivings which the teacher generally has not previously encountered and for which s/he is unprepared. The second is that the global areas of teacher problems are not unlike global areas of people generally (i.e., there is no dichotomy of general and role-derived needs), but the problems may seem different because being the "teacher" exacerbates particular general human needs or goals, making them more difficult to attain. (PB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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