ERIC Number: ED242689
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Mar-12
Reference Count: 0
Educators in Crisis: The Need to Improve the Teaching Workplace and Teaching as a Profession.
Wangberg, Elaine G.
A survey questionnaire, designed to explore the extent of job dissatisfaction among female elementary school teachers, elicited responses from 255 subjects with varying demographic and socioeconomic backgrounds from different parts of the country. Questionnaire items focused upon: (1) personal background; (2) job expectations; (3) satisfaction; (4) perception of working conditions; (5) perception of career importance and options; and (6) rechoice of teaching as a career. Nearly 40 percent of the women indicated they would not again choose elementary teaching as a career. Two factors were identified as underlying themes related to teacher job dissatisfaction: working conditions, and perceptions of women's roles in professions. Some of the most frequent additional teacher comments concerned poor working conditions, the increase of paperwork, the declining status of teachers, and the availability of other job options. This study led to the development of the Teacher Stress Scale (TSS), an instrument designed to identify factors of teacher stress and job dissatisfaction. A description is given of the nine factors of teacher stress and job dissatisfaction measured by the TSS. Recommendations are offered to improve the teaching workplace and teaching as a profession. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Association for Superivision and Curriculum Development (New York, NY, March 9-13, 1984).