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ERIC Number: ED212559
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Survey of Texas Public School Teachers.
Maddux, Cleborne D.; And Others
A questionnaire was designed to explore various elements of job satisfaction, multiple employment behavior, and other variables affecting the lives and work of public school teachers in Texas. A final return of 70 percent was received from a randomly selected mailing. Results revealed that one in three teachers was considering leaving teaching. Of these, almost half cited low salaries as the chief reason for discontent. Other reasons listed were problems with the administration, excessive paper work, lack of input into school policy decisions, and problems concerning students such as discipline and lack of motivation. The survey also revealed that holding a job during the school year as well as working during the summer was common among the respondents. Twenty-two percent of the sample indicated that they also work in another job during the school year, while 30 percent held extra jobs during the summer. Most of these extra jobs were in a very low paying category. More than half of the multiple employment subjects said that the quality of their teaching would improve if they did not have to earn extra money and that they would not work outside of the school if their salaries were raised. The results of this study, coupled with knowledge of economic, political, and other trends affecting education in Texas, clearly point to the strong likelihood of a new teacher shortage in Texas in the near future. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas