ERIC Number: ED317529
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb-6
High School Student Attitudes about Teacher Education as a Career Choice: Comparison by Ethnic/Racial Group.
Mack, Faite R-P; Jackson, Thomas E.
This study investigated the attitudes of high school seniors toward teaching as a career and their perceptions of the conditions associated with the teaching profession. Surveys were administered to 605 students with a return rate of 96.36 percent. Results suggest that a pool of minority high school students are available to be recruited into teacher education programs. Afro-American students were more likely than Euro-American students to express an interest in becoming teachers. The availability of scholarships was a significant factor in their career choice. Few students noted encouragement from within the schools or communities, and minority students were more likely to be discouraged from becoming teachers than were Anglo students. Minority students were more likely to desire to teach in a large urban district than were Euro-American students, and they were interested in teaching at all levels of instruction and in the major secondary content levels. Results indicate that intervening variables such as financial support, career awareness, lack of positive information about the field, and lack of encouragement from others, appear to be barriers to getting minority students into teaching. Data from the study are presented in a set of detailed analyses of the responses to each of the survey questionnaire's 22 questions and in 22 corresponding graphs. A copy of the questionnaire in its original form is appended. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (Las Vegas, NV, February 5-8, 1990).