ERIC Number: ED279625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov-19
Reference Count: 0
Preservice Teachers' Perceptions of Teaching as a Career.
Strickland, James F.; And Others
This study sought to determine: (1) preservice teachers' perceptions of teaching as a career, and (2) differences in perceptions among groups of preservice teachers categorized on the basis of a variety of background variables. Subjects of the study were 101 education majors enrolled in a college in the Southeast. The survey instrument included 71 controlled-choice items divided into three areas: background information; factors viewed as encouraging or discouraging in relation to teaching as a career and individuals perceived as potential sources of encouragement for students interested in teaching; and qualities perceived as important for effective teachers. Some major findings included: (1) encouraging factors related to teaching were job availability and security, fringe benefits, working conditions, and a contribution to humanity; (2) salary was perceived as discouraging; (3) teaching was viewed as a good profession for both men and women (and especially for women); (4) encouragement to become a teacher came from family and teachers; (5) participants would encourage others to enter teaching; (6) almost half of the subjects were interested in elementary level teaching but very few planned to teach in the middle school; and (7) qualities of good teachers were perceived as clarity of thought, enjoyment of teaching, and knowledge of subjects taught. Specific findings of the study are identified in seven tables. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Memphis, TN, November 19-21, 1986).