ERIC Number: ED282851
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Individual Differences and Satisfaction with Teaching.
Moore, Barbara McGregor
This study sought to discover if individual differences in sex, ethnicity, socioeconomic status (SES), age, and education affected teachers' attitudes toward their careers in teaching. The subjects were 489 certified, classroom teachers from six elementary, three middle, and three high schools. The schools represented rural, suburban, and urban districts in Southern California. Data were collected on demographic variables, individual, job and career factors, and two measures of satisfaction. Women outnumbered men in the sample, the average age was 38 years, and the average length of teaching experience was 12 years. Most of the teachers were from white, middle class backgrounds, and more than half had advanced degrees. The number of elementary and high school teachers was slightly higher than those who taught middle grades. Findings indicated that the majority of all teachers, in all subgroups, were satisfied with every job factor except student motivation and regarded teaching as a satisfactory job when judged on a daily basis. However, more than half of the teachers were dissatisfied with teaching as a career, stressing the importance of status, pay, and power. More women, whites, and teachers in the middle and upper SES were satisfied. It is suggested that these career aspects of teaching discourage highly qualified college graduates from entering or staying in the profession. Survey data are presented in tables, and references are included. (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 American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).