ERIC Number: ED216768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
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Teaching Concerns of Early Childhood Graduates in Their First Five Years of Teaching.
Serck, Leah M.
The purposes of this study were (1) to identify the concerns about teaching expressed in their early years of teaching by graduates of the early childhood education (ECE) program at Concordia Teachers College (CTC), a church-related teacher education institution, and (2) to determine the relationship between teaching concerns and the variables of years of teaching experience and grade level taught. Participants in the study were 135 ECE graduates of CTC during the years 1976 through 1980. Each graduate was asked to complete questionnaires and personal data forms. Two instruments were utilized: the Teacher Concerns Statement, a free response instrument, and the Teacher Concerns Questionnaire, an instrument consisting of 15 specific items to which subjects respond on a Likert-scale. Frequencies and percentages were computed to determine concerns of the total group. Chi-square analysis was used to test for relationships between teaching concerns and the variables of interest. Results are discussed. It was concluded that more similarities than differences can be expected when teachers of pre-primary and primary grades express their concerns about teaching in their early years of teaching. (RH)
Descriptors: Anglo Americans, College Graduates, Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Teachers, Females, Individual Development, Instructional Program Divisions, Marital Status, Preschool Teachers, Questionnaires, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Response, Teaching Experience, Work Attitudes
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