ERIC Number: ED283802
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Effects of Legislated Educational Reforms on In-Service Teachers' Perceptions of Self, Students, and Career.
Buhler, June H.; Roebuck, Flora N.
This study, addressing the effects of current educational reforms on teaching as a profession, investigated both teachers' perceptions of specific elements of legislative reform and the cumulative effect of these elements. A total of 215 elementary and secondary teachers from 12 school districts in North Central Texas participated in the study. Questions addressed in the study were: (1) How did teachers perceive the overall effects of the legislated school reforms? (2) What are the teachers' current perceptions of self, students, and career? (3) How have the teachers' perceptions changed since the 1984 legislation? (4) Are the perceptions of change different for subgroups within the sample? (5) What are teachers' perceptions of the possible and actual benefits of the legislated reforms? (6) What are the teachers' perceptions of the importance of support for reform and the adequacy with which support has been implemented? and (7) What are the implications of the study data for improving the effectiveness of educational reform measures? Teachers' self-image, job satisfaction, emotional support in the work setting, and student attainment of learning goals registered a significant decrease since the implementation of reform legislation. The procedures for moving up the career ladder and the testing of teachers were seen as the most harmful of the 15 reform elements scored. Some suggestions are made for enhancing reform effectiveness. (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 (Houston, TX, February 22-26, 1987). Some pages have faint print.