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ERIC Number: ED220447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Teacher Concerns: A Position Paper.
Purvis, Johnny R.; Kramer, Patsy
Prospective teachers must face numerous pressures and difficulties during their training and subsequent negative factors in their lives as professionals. Among the conditions that exist for the prospective teacher, economic constraints play an important role. Pressures also exist during student teaching, when students must attempt to please both a cooperating teacher and a college supervisor who may have divergent approaches. Another stressful factor may be the anxiety caused by the necessity of passing the National Teacher's Examination. Practicing teachers also face conditions that affect morale and can sometimes cause them to abandon the teaching profession. As it was in student days, economics is again an important factor in the teacher's working life. Salaries are low and not comparable to those in other professions, and social status is not high. The demands of the classroom involve not only the problem of discipline; along with coping with disruptive or difficult students, teachers are also required to accept responsibility for social programs such as sex education, mainstreaming, family living, and bilingual education. Teachers are also frequently required to assume a larger teaching load as schools are closed and students transferred. Steps for ameliorating these negative conditions include: (1) careful screening for entrance into teacher education programs; (2) maintaining high standards for retention in schools of education; (3) providing additional professional education courses and/or extensive work in current courses in the areas of social concerns; (4) basing teachers' salaries upon competence as well as degrees earned; (5) reducing student teacher ratio; (6) improving school facilities, equipment, and teaching materials; (7) expanding benefits for teachers, such as sabbaticals and improved pension plans; and (8) more supportive school administration. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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