ERIC Number: ED214906
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Teachers in Their Fifth Year: An Analysis of Teaching Concerns from the Perspectives of Adult and Career Development.
The situations and attitudes of a total of 15 teachers and former teachers were investigated as part of a followup study conducted four years after a study at the completion of the teachers' first year of teaching. Using many of the same questions as in "The First Year Teacher Study," interviews were conducted, and three survey instruments were completed focusing on adult developmental issues. The interviews revealed perceptions in six areas: (1) descriptions of teachers' present career and personal life situations; (2) importance of teaching; (3) high and low periods during the five years; (4) ideal vision of self in career and life style, and congruency with the present ideal; (5) career expectations; and (6) participation in the research study. Ten of the fifteen teachers had altered their initial career choice in some way, reflecting discomfort with the initially chosen life structure. A relatively low commitment to the profession was seen. Choices made in the areas of occupation and marriage/family appeared to be influential in distinguishing between the teachers who felt congruence with their ideal vision and those whose ideal was incongruent or who had no ideal vision. While many expressed a greater inclination to remain in education than had been evident in their first year, the demands of the classroom seemed to be on a collision course with the demands of home and personal life. (FG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March, 1982).