ERIC Number: ED173337
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Teachers' Changing Perceptions of Self and Others Throughout the Teaching Career: Some Perspectives from an Interview Study of Fifty Retired Secondary School Teachers.
Peterson, Anne R.
Fifty retired teachers were interviewed in an effort to acquire information about how their attitudes and outlooks changed throughout the course of careers in secondary schools spanning an average period of 38 years each. Of particular interest in the study was the emergence of changes in personal attitudes and changes in attitudes toward others. Four areas of personal change were reported by the retired teachers as they recalled their careers: (1) changes in level of commitment to teaching; (2) changes in level of job morale; (3) changes associated with the physical processes of aging; and (4) changes in levels of tolerance. Changes were noted in the perceptions of students, parents, colleagues, school community, and administrators. Results indicated that teacher attitudes and outlooks change in fairly predicatable sequences that are in turn related to changes associated with the processes of adult development. A copy of the questionnaire used in the study is appended. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Education Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)