ERIC Number: ED238854
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Perceptions of Outstanding Elementary Teachers About Themselves and Their Profession. Research Studies in Education. Technical Report No. 1.
Easterly, Jean L.
Outstanding elementary school teachers (N=24) were interviewed about their attitudes, values, and perceptions of themselves and their work. Question topics were: (1) influences on the decision to become a teacher; (2) student teaching experience; (3) special pride in incidents or events; (4) effective teaching approaches or techniques; (5) teacher's role in maintaining discipline; (6) personal assessment of strengths and weaknesses; (7) perception of students' opinion on self (teacher being interviewed); (8) balance between personal and professional life; (9) leisure activities; (10) stressful situations; (11) dealing with stress; (12) support from family and colleagues; (13) sense of being appreciated by others; (14) desirable traits in school administrators; (15) characteristics of the ideal school; (16) validity of career choice; (17) characteristics of outstanding teachers; and (18) how to make teaching a more highly respected profession. Selected responses are presented in narrative form with illustrative quotations. Appendixes include the interview questionnaire, criteria for identifying outstanding teachers, and profile information. Characteristics of outstanding teachers and administrators are listed. (JD)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Classroom Techniques, Discipline, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Job Satisfaction, Personality Traits, Professional Recognition, Self Concept, Stress Variables, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Experience, Vocational Maturity
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Oakland Univ., Rochester, MI. School of Human and Educational Services.