ERIC Number: ED241534
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan-30
Reference Count: 0
High School Senior Perceptions of Teaching as a Career Opportunity.
Page, Jane A.; Page, Fred M., Jr.
This study sought to: (1) identify Southeastern high school senior perceptions of the teaching profession; (2) determine whether significant differences exist between groups categorized on the basis of sex and race; and (3) identify factors which significantly discriminate between students who are considering teaching and those who are not. The study consisted of 2,478 subjects representing 10 different Southeastern states. Subjects responded to a data gathering instrument devised to ascertain high school senior perceptions of the teaching profession. Study results showed that: (1) Salary, discipline problems, and working conditions were perceived by the majority of students as discouraging factors; (2) The limited number of high school seniors considering teaching as a career made that decision at an earlier age than previously thought; and (3) The factor that best discriminates whether students will consider teaching as a career is simply whether or not other individuals have discussed this possibility with them. Study implications are discussed, and seven tables and the survey questionnaire are appended. (JMK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (64th, New Orleans, LA, January 28-February 1, 1984).