ERIC Number: ED299356
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Working in Urban Schools.
Corcoran, Thomas B.; And Others
This document on the working conditions of urban teachers reports data from a survey of 31 elementary, middle, and secondary schools in five urban school districts. More than 400 interviews were conducted with teachers, school administrators, central office personnel, district officials, board members, and union officials. The observations, interviews, and analyses confirm that, in most of these schools, the working conditions of teachers are bleak and would not be tolerated in other professions. Among the findings are the following: (1) physical conditions are sub-standard because of a lack of maintenance, repair, and space; (2) safety is not a serious problem to teachers, except in very depressed neighborhoods; (3) teachers do not have even the basic resources needed, let alone access to new technologies; (4) teachers consider hiring more personnel to address the personal problems of students a higher priority than hiring more teachers to reduce class size; (5) teachers generally understand the cultural gulf between them and their students but are unable to deal with what they consider aberrant student behavior; (6) teachers perceive that they are losing control over what they teach, primarily because of district-wide testing policies although they are in control of how they teach; and (7) teachers have little confidence in supervision, staff development, or central office leadership. Characteristics of good working conditions are identified. Tables illustrate the data. Appendices compare these findings with those of other studies, provide a list of about 100 references, describe the methodology, and compare school effects. (BJV)
Descriptors: Educational Facilities Improvement, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Public School Teachers, School Organization, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary Schools, Surveys, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Morale, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Conditions, Urban Education, Urban Schools, Urban Teaching
Institute for Educational Leadership, 1001 Connecticut Avenue N.W., #310, Washington, DC 20036 ($12.00, 1-9 copies; $10.50, 10-24 copies; $9.00, over 24 copies).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC.