ERIC Number: ED322105
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Feb
Teacher Status: What Students Think about the Profession.
Kelly, Patricia R.
This study sought to determine the current attitudes of male and female, rural, urban, and suburban students in grades 3, 6, 9, and 12 regarding the status of elementary and secondary public school teachers. Students (N=904) responded to a 28-item questionnaire designed to assess their attitudes about teacher status. The questions were developed to reveal significant differences in attitudes of students at different grade levels and of different genders. Student responses indicated significant gender and grade differences in attitudes. More responses favoring teaching were selected by female than by male students. Third-grade students had the highest percentage of positive responses regarding teacher status, followed by twelfth-, sixth-, and ninth-grade students, in that order. While the majority of students indicated positive feelings about the performance of their own teachers and viewed teaching as a job to be proud of, they did not perceive teaching as a viable career option for themselves. An analysis of student responses is presented and suggestions are made for the direction of future research studies. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (St. Louis, MO, February 18-22, 1989).