ERIC Number: ED268092
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Mar
Attitudes Toward Teaching of High Aptitude High School Seniors.
Tincher, Wilbur A.; Brogdon, Richard E.
The purpose of this study was to ascertain the attitudes toward teaching as a career of high school seniors who scored in the top 15 percent nationally on the American College Test (ACT) and Stanford Achievement Test (SAT) College Admissions Tests. Six hundred twenty-nine students returned usable questionnaires in which they rated the attractiveness of nine factors about teaching. The factor "contribution to society and humanity" was rated highest and "salary" the lowest. The only factor which was clearly rated as "attractive" was "contribution to society and humanity." Two other factors were in the middle range: "fringe benefits" and "job security." The remaining six factors were clearly in the "less attractive" range; these were: "job autonomy and independence,""working conditions,""availability of jobs,""social status of teaching,""opportunities for advancement," and the lowest, "salary." If more high aptitude students are to be attracted to teaching, the profession will have to improve salaries, opportunity for advancement, social status, availability of jobs, and working conditions, as these were the least attractive features about teaching reported in this study. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (Chicago, IL, February 26-March 1, 1986).