ERIC Number: ED268076
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
The Metropolitan Life Survey of the American Teacher 1985. Strengthening the Profession.
Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., New York, NY.
This survey is based on interviews with 1,846 current public school teachers from kindergarten through grade 12. It examines teachers' agenda for reform in the 1980s and what they think must be done to improve the teaching profession and its relationship with other institutions and the rest of society. In this report: (1) Teachers say what they believe is necessary to strengthen the teaching profession in order to attract and retain quality people; (2) Teachers speak out about the difficulties facing them, including great stress on the job, which cause many teachers to consider leaving teaching; (3) Teachers cite the main reasons why many consider leaving the profession for other occupations, and the main reasons why many stay in teaching; (4) Teachers say how their job stacks up on key criteria when they compare teaching to other occupations; (5) Teachers say what they think business can do to help the teaching profession; (6) Teachers say what they think can be done to strengthen the teaching profession's relations with colleges; and (7) Teachers evaluate the early impact of some of the reforms that already have been enacted and implemented around the country in recent years. The detailed survey methodology is appended along with the survey questionnaire. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., New York, NY.