ERIC Number: ED314407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
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Career Dissatisfaction among Alabama Teachers: A Follow-Up.
Tishler, Anne G.; Ernest, Bill
This study replicated earlier state-wide studies of Alabama, Tennessee, and Texas teachers with a current sample of Alabama teachers. Data from a random sample of 196 teachers in the fall of 1988 revealed that more than one-third of the state's teachers are seriously considering leaving the profession. They cite inadequate pay as their major reason for leaving, followed by stress and burnout, poor working conditions, and lack of support from administrators and the public. The group expressing plans for a probable career change are mature, experienced, and highly educated. They come from all types of school systems, and their distribution across grade levels does not differ significantly from other teachers. Among this group of highly dissatisfied teachers, more than one-third moonlight and have extra summer jobs to supplement their pay. Not only are there more moonlighting teachers among those seriously considering leaving the profession but, in addition, there are significantly more male teachers who moonlight. Since the state has recently reported a "critical shortage of males" among its teachers, these data indicate an escalation of that problem. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Little Rock, AR, November 7-10, 1989). Appendix (one page) contains small print.