ERIC Number: ED231525
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Perceived Problems of Prekindergarten Teachers.
Johnston, John M.
One goal of this study was to identify specific work-related problems perceived by prekindergarten teachers and to describe such problems with respect to dimensions of frequency and "bothersomeness." A second goal was to identify global areas of problems experienced by prekindergarten teachers and to describe these categories in terms of the specific problems occurring within them. Data were collected in two phases. In the first phase, diary-like accounts of problems were collected over a 10-day period from samples of teachers located nationally and in Wisconsin. These raw descriptions then served as the basis for a 102-problem checklist that, during the second phase, was administered for verification to a second independent group of national and Wisconsin prekindergarten teacher samples. Teachers indicated that 35 problems were bothersome, frequently occurring, or both. Factor analysis of bothersome problems and frequency data for each sample revealed five common problem areas. Three problem areas (supervision of subordinate staff, lack of parent cooperation, and difficult relations with supervisors) appeared to be unique to prekindergarten teachers. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin Univ., Milwaukee. School of Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A