ERIC Number: ED336386
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Careers in Teaching: Following Members of the High School Class of 1972 In and Out of Teaching. Analysis Report. National Longitudinal Studies of the High School Class of 1972.
Hafner, Anne; Owings, Jeffrey
This study of career patterns in teaching was conducted to provide insight into the development of careers within the teaching profession. The objectives of the study were: to describe the career patterns of a national sample of individuals from the high school class of 1971 (1,011 individuals surveyed during the period 1972-86) who were either trained for or entered the teaching profession; to describe teachers as to their self-reported background and education characteristics, teaching qualifications, teaching experiences, attitudes toward teaching, satisfaction with pay and with the profession; and to identify variables which predicted retention in the teaching field to 1986. Results suggest that the best predictors of teacher retention were human capital variables including the number of years in teaching, satisfaction with the job, teaching in a public school, number of continuing education activities, and number of education credits. Recommendations to policymakers include recognizing the importance of: (1) making teaching more professional thereby enabling individuals to have a larger investment in their careers; (2) wages and other economic incentives; (3) investing in teaching careers for women; and (4) offering flexibility for women who wish to get married or have children. (LL)
Descriptors: Attrition (Research Studies), Career Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Human Capital, Job Satisfaction, Longitudinal Studies, National Surveys, Predictor Variables, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Background, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Education, Teacher Persistence, Teaching Experience, Teaching (Occupation)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.