ERIC Number: ED277706
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb-16
Reference Count: 0
A Study of the Current Manner in Which Public Teaching Is Portrayed to Our Most Able Young People.
Sullivan, Timothy J.; Dziuban, Charles
The purpose of this study was to portray the manner in which teachers informally recruit academically talented young people to the teaching profession, or to ascertain whether they do that at all. The underlying assumption was that one of the most effective ways to upgrade teaching over the long term, and provide for the best learning in American classrooms, is to get the brightest young people to enter the profession. It seems clear that teachers are actively discouraging academically talented students from considering a career in teaching. They are accomplishing this so effectively that virtually none of the students interviewed for this study seriously considered public education as a career choice. A summary of how teachers see their job conditions includes the fact that they consider themselves poorly paid and lacking in respect from any of the important populations. They see their job as a highly frustrating and stressful endeavor. They feel overwhelmed with paper work and see absolutely no oportunity for career advancement. To their credit they still hold that teaching is enjoyable, interesting, and satisfying. (Author/JD)
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 (67th, Houston, TX, February 15-18, 1987).