ERIC Number: ED334479
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
The Influence of Values on Vocational Choices of School Administrators, Counselors, and Teachers.
This study investigated the values that influence teachers, future school administrators, and future school counselors in choosing their respective professions. A 15-item questionnaire was developed consisting of six categories: (1) stimulating work; (2) interpersonal satisfaction; (3) economic security; (4) responsible autonomy; (5) comfortable existence; and (6) esthetic concerns. Subjects (N=123) were graduate students seeking permanent certification as teachers, administrator candidates, or counselor candidates. In the area of economic security, administrators wanted to obtain money and prestige, and teachers wanted security. Counseling candidates, on the other hand, were not motivated by economic security issues. None of the three groups indicated power as a strong motivator for seeking their respective professions, but more than half of the members of the three groups wanted to make their own decision and exhibit leadership. Differences among the three groups were found when considering comfortable existence, with all three groups seeking a good place to work, and teachers and counselors wanting good schedules and good vacations. Although all three groups wanted to improve education, counseling candidates were not nearly as motivated as teachers and administrator candidates were to help their respective vocations. Although counselors, teachers, and administrators may enter the education arena to improve education, they choose their specific careers for different reasons. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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