ERIC Number: ED341874
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
A Comparison of Vocational and Non-Vocational Public School Teachers of Grades 9 to 12. Contractor Report. Statistical Analysis Report.
The Public School Teachers Questionnaire from the 1987-88 Schools and Staffing Survey was analyzed to produce a descriptive portrait of vocational and nonvocational teachers of grades 9-12 in public schools. The sample consisted of 3,863 vocational and 14,315 nonvocational teachers. Almost 90 percent of each group classified themselves as white. The ages of vocational and nonvocational teachers differed significantly with vocational teachers being older. Although a slight majority of all vocational teachers were male, this was not true in all vocational subjects. Fewer than 1 percent of nonvocational teachers but over 7 percent of vocational teachers had less than a bachelor's degree. Nonvocational teachers were more likely to have majored in academic subjects, whereas vocational teachers were more likely to have majored in vocational education or occupationally specific areas. The average class size for vocational teachers was substantially smaller than that for nonvocational teachers. Few vocational teachers (9 percent) taught any nonvocational subjects. A higher percentage of vocational teachers reported a high degree of control over their own classroom environment. Vocational teachers were more likely to report plans to remain in teaching until they were eligible to retire. Agriculture teachers were more likely than other vocational teachers to report planning to leave teaching as soon as something better came along. (The report contains nine tables and nine figures. Appendixes include methodology and technical notes and standard errors for figures and tables.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Degrees (Academic), High Schools, Job Satisfaction, Public School Teachers, Public Schools, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Background, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Morale, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Qualifications, Vocational Education Teachers
U.S. Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, Mail Stop: SSOP, Washington, DC 20402-9328.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: MPR Associates, Berkeley, CA.