ERIC Number: ED214924
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Teaching Profession as a Career Opportunity: Perceptions of High School Seniors, Pre-Service Teachers, and In-Service Teachers.
Page, Jane A.; And Others
Four problems were investigated in a study of factors contributing to teacher shortages: (1) to identify the perceptions of high school seniors, preservice teachers, and inservice teachers toward the teaching profession as a career opportunity; (2) to determine differences in perceptions of these groups categorized on the basis of background information variables; (3) to identify factors which significantly discriminate between students who are considering teaching and those who are not; and (4) to determine discriminating factors associated with groups of preservice and inservice teachers categorized on the basis of whether or not they would encourage others to enter the profession. Data was collected from the responses to questionnaires by 2,478 high school seniors, 387 preservice teachers, and 315 inservice teachers in ten southeastern states. Among the major findings were that 40 percent of the high school seniors interested in teaching made the decision prior to age 15. Thirty-four percent of the preservice teachers did not become interested in teaching until after they entered college. Seventy-one percent of the inservice teachers would encourage a capable student to enter teaching. All respondents perceived salary, discipline problems, and working conditions as discouraging factors. Some aspects of teaching were perceived more positively by females than males, and blacks generally perceived teaching in a more positive manner than whites. The factor that best independently discriminated whether students would consider teaching was whether or not other individuals had discussed the possibility with them. Specific findings of the study are displayed in 23 tables. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Georgia Southern Coll., Statesboro.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 22, 1982).