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ERIC Number: ED305359
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Listening to Teachers. Teaching in America: The Possible Renaissance. ECS Working Paper, TR-85-2.
Mills, Richard P.; Stout, Dennis L.
This monograph summarizes findings from surveys of teachers' attitudes toward their profession. The attitudes of public school teachers revealed in these surveys are remarkably uniform. Attitudes differ little by school level or location, or teachers' age, sex, or years of experience. Generally, teachers are dedicated to teaching and object most to factors that they feel detract from good teaching, such as low salaries, large classes, little preparation time, and insufficient support services. Teachers also feel limited in their ability to realize certain professional goals and perceive a lack of decision-making authority in the school. A brief overview is presented of literature focusing on teachers' perceptions of what teaching is like, their relations with bureaucracy, and their views on educational outcomes. (JD)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Job Satisfaction, Policy Formation, Public Schools, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Salaries, Teaching Conditions, Teaching (Occupation)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.