ERIC Number: ED279632
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Nov-19
Reference Count: 0
High Aptitude High School Students' Opinion of Career Choice.
Brogdon, Richard E.; Tincher, Wilbur A.
The purpose of this study was to ascertain the opinions toward teaching as a career of high school seniors who scored in the top 15 percent nationally on college admission tests. Responses to a survey questionnaire were received from 629 students (a 16 percent response). Open-ended questions sought opinions on what is attractive about a teaching career and what is unattractive, why another career field was selected over teaching, and how teaching would have to change for it to be attractive. Attractive features of teaching for these students included personal satisfaction, having an impact on students, fulfilling a sense of altruism and other extrinsic values. Unattractive features were: low salaries, lack of respect, fear of abusive students, conflict with irate parents, no room for advancement, and poor working conditions. Attractions of noneducation fields were interest in a specific field of study, prestige, reward, opportunity, and better utilization of talents. Teaching would be more attractive if salaries were improved, there were more prestige and community support, a change in student attitudes, more benefits, better working conditions, increased standards for teachers, and better teaching resources. A discussion of the results includes recommendations for recruiting high ability students into teaching. (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).