ERIC Number: ED218280
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Mid-Career Malaise of Teachers: An Examination of Job Attitudes and the Factors Influencing Job Satisfaction in the Middle Years. Final Report.
Lowther, Malcolm A.; And Others
This study examined the quality of teachers' work lives, teachers' job satisfaction, and the relationship between teachers' work experiences and their wider network of life experiences. Age was used as a key explanatory variable in each phase of this analysis. Data analyzed were from three sets of national surveys: (1) the 1969 Survey of Working Conditions and the l973 and l977 Quality of Employment Surveys; (2) the l97l and l978 Quality of American Life Surveys; and (3) the National Longitudinal Surveys of Labor Market Experience, l966-l977. Teachers' responses to questions were compared primarily to the responses of other college educated workers. The questions related to: (1) work motivation; (2) the frequency and severity of work-related problems; (3) job satisfaction; (4) job mobility and security; (5) adequacy of fringe benefits and pay; (6) the impact of working conditions upon the well-being of workers; and (7) satisfaction with life as a whole. Conclusions are offered as hypotheses to be tested by further research. A bibliography and two research papers are appended to the report; one paper is a critical analysis of mid-life developmental theory, while the other discusses the relationships among teachers' needs and aspirations and the quality of their employment. (JD)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Career Development, Comparative Analysis, Developmental Stages, Family Life, Job Satisfaction, Life Satisfaction, Living Standards, Midlife Transitions, Occupational Aspiration, Occupational Mobility, Quality of Life, Stress Variables, Teacher Motivation, Teacher Salaries, Teachers, Trend Analysis, Vocational Maturity, Work Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Institute of Gerontology, Ann Arbor, MI.