ERIC Number: ED320898
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
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Teachers' Perceptions of the Teaching Profession and Educational Reform.
Page, Fred M., Jr.; Page, Jane A.
This study sought to determine the views of teachers in 40 school systems in the service area of Southeast Georgia (SEGA) on teaching as a career and a variety of educational reform issues. Specific questions addressed by the study were: (1) How do teachers in SEGA perceive the teaching profession as a career opportunity? (2) How do SEGA teachers perceive various proposals for educational reform? (3) Do SEGA teachers, categorized on the basis of background variables, differ in their perceptions of the teaching profession and educational reform? (4) Are there background variables which discriminate independently or in combination between SEGA teachers who would choose teaching again and those who would not? and (5) Are there items related to perceptions of teaching which discriminate independently or in combination between SEGA teachers who would choose teaching again and those who would not? Most respondents viewed contributions to humanity, job availability, and job security as encouraging factors. Thirteen suggested reforms were viewed positively and nine negatively, and there were numerous differences in perceptions of teaching factors and reforms. Summaries of teacher recommendations are included. Three appendices contain the instrument, "Perceptions of Teaching and Educational Reform"; 10 tables; and a list of 17 references. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 17-20, 1990). Sponsored by the University System of Regents Special Initiating Funding Grant.