ERIC Number: ED263042
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct-25
Reference Count: 0
Applied Systems Inst., Inc., Washington, DC.
The issue of the teaching profession's drawing power was addressed By examining differences between college students who said they were planning to teach and those who selected other careers. The teacher candidate population included all entering freshmen who said they planned to become teachers whether or not they planned to major in education. The study focused on students at the beginning of the freshman year, and in follow-ups, at the end of the sophomore year and the end of the senior year. Data from the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) on entering freshmen were examined for selected years, 1974 through l983. The variables used in the analysis included gender, race, academic characteristics, attitudes toward career choice, and financial characteristics. Findings indicated: (1) Potential teachers did not differ significantly from the general college population as measured by high school and college grade point average; (2) Teacher candidates were not as driven toward material success as other students; (3) More high-ability minority students were choosing non-teaching careers; (4) There has been no decline in the percentages of academically able women and minorities who enter teaching; and (5) Today's teachers come from lower income groups, attend lower cost schools, and tend to use grants rather than loans to pay for their education. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC. Office of Planning, Budget, and Evaluation.
Authoring Institution: Applied Systems Inst., Inc., Washington, DC.