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ERIC Number: ED303418
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
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"Talks with Teachers": A Preliminary Analysis.
Cohn, Marilyn M.; And Others
A description is given of the perceptions and attitudes of 10 teachers currently working in the Dade County (Florida) schools. The paper examines the extent to which changes over the past two decades have affected the ways in which they perceive their work and the teaching profession in general. These teachers entered teaching primarily for intrinsic rewards and a desire to help young people learn. However, frustration was consistently felt as a response to numerous external forces interfering with the teaching-learning process. These forces included the "school system" with all of its various bureaucratic components, uninterested parents, the students themselves, and, for some teachers, the union. In a general sense there was a marked difference in the ways that individual teachers responded to and coped with external forces. The data for this study were gathered from interviews with 10 teachers randomly selected from a sample of 42 teachers. The interviews covered a wide-range of subjects including: (1) teachers' reasons for entering the profession; (2) their views of the conditions under which they worked; (3) the rewards and incentives available to them; and (4) their attitudes concerning major social and educational movements. The subjects represented a cross-section of teachers working in urban, suburban and rural schools, and in regular and special education settings at the elementary and secondary levels. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
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