ERIC Number: ED137295
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr-5
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Undergraduate Perceptions of the Status of the Teaching Profession in Determining Strategies for Dealing with Declining Enrollment in Teacher Education.
Bliss, Leonard B.; Dodds, Jon H.
Using a pilot version of an instrument designed to probe perceptions of undergraduates in areas related to teaching as a profession and the desirability of teacher education programs, this study begins to develop a base upon which to formulate strategies for understanding and dealing with declining enrollment in teacher education programs. A branching questionnaire, which asked subjects to respond only in those areas relevant to their own experience, was sent to a sample of students enrolled at the State University of New York College at Potsdam. The data indicate that: (1) perceptions of the actual conditions within the teaching profession do not seem to act as strong determiners in career decisions; (2) subjects do not seem concerned with salary, career status, safety, and the nature of the client; (3) teacher education programs are perceived as highly vocationally oriented and useful only in obtaining positions in the teaching profession; and (4) students may be forming their perceptions from informal and not completely accurate sources. The results tentatively suggest two strategies for dealing with declining enrollment: (1) altering students' perceptions in relation to the employment outlook of college graduates so that it is more in tune with reality; and (2) making undergraduates more aware of the possibilities of education as a profession. (A sample questionnaire is included). (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, New York, April 4-8, 1977)