ERIC Number: ED352339
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Surviving the Worst, Expecting the Best: Teacher Perceptions of Work Life in Virginia Schools.
Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.; Virginia Education Association, Richmond.
The qualitative study described in this document presents Virginia teachers' perceptions on 10 factors that influence their work environment: resources/instructional materials; physical facilities/class size; professional development; teacher-teacher interactions; teacher-administrator interactions; teacher-student interactions; school-parent/community interactions and involvement; school goals and objectives; school decision making and change; and personnel policies. Working conditions described by teachers who participated in regional focus group interviews varied greatly; however, with few exceptions, these teachers expressed dissatisfaction with such conditions as overcrowding, climate control problems, and poorly organized instructional space. They emphasized the importance of professional interactions with their colleagues and principals, noting that the quality of interactions with their principals had the greatest impact on the quality of working conditions. Recommendations for policy and practice to improve working conditions, a bibliography listing 48 references, and four appendices (Survey of Teachers' Satisfaction with Working Conditions; a Focus Group Moderator's Guide; a Virginia regional map; and a copy of an invitation to focus group interview participation) complete the document. (LL)
Descriptors: Collegiality, Educational Practices, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Peer Relationship, Policy Formation, Regional Attitudes, Regional Characteristics, School Buildings, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Conditions, Teaching (Occupation)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Appalachia Educational Lab., Charleston, WV.; Virginia Education Association, Richmond.
Identifiers - Location: Virginia