ERIC Number: ED306686
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987-Nov
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Variables Associated with First Year Teacher Morale Which Can Be Identified in a Teacher Education Program.
Thomson, James R., Jr.; Schuck, Robert F.
This paper presents a study of the personal variables associated with first-year teacher morale that can be identified early in the training programs of novice teachers. This study is based on data derived from 96 (76.6 percent) of the graduates teaching in Mississippi. Data were collected through the use of five special instruments: (1) "Personal Trait Inventory"; (2) "Myself as a Teacher Scale"; (3) "Purdue Teacher Inventory"; (4) "American College Test" (ACT); and the (5) "College Outcome Measures Project." The data show that beginning teachers' morale at the end of their first year of teaching is related to their self-image as teachers. Personal traits of active/enthusiastic/flexible and ingenious/industrious behaviors are good predictors of their later morale. General cognitive achievement as indicated by ACT scores, as well as gender and age, are also important predictors of their satisfaction with teaching. Appended are six references and two tables. (SI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Mississippi
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment