ERIC Number: ED357563
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May
Reference Count: N/A
Alaska CSPD Teacher Survey Report.
Schnorr, Janice M.; Straugh, Thomas
A survey was conducted of 484 Alaska teachers who hold an endorsement in special education, to determine their movement patterns, incentives to continue teaching, deterrents to teaching in special education, and future career plans. Findings included: (1) the mean average number of years of teaching in special education was 10; (2) the majority of teachers possessed master's degrees; (3) 20 percent of teachers who hold endorsements in special education elect not to teach special education; (4) respondents usually had taught in another state previously; (5) annual movement of teachers from one district to another was 3 percent; (6) the top five incentives for teaching special education were a supportive building principal, a cap on case load, a cap on class size, providing planning time, and providing release time for testing; (7) frequently mentioned deterrents to teaching special education were too much paperwork, too many students on caseload, demands of special education meetings, and job stress/mental health; and (8) approximately 62 percent of teachers planned to continue to teach in special education in Alaska during the next 3 years. The study concludes that the combination of many deterrents and few incentives suggests that teachers are not satisfied with the teaching environment in many schools. A copy of the survey form is attached. (JDD)
Descriptors: Career Planning, Disabilities, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Mobility, Quality of Working Life, Secondary School Teachers, Special Education Teachers, State Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Morale, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Supply and Demand, Teacher Surveys, Teaching Experience, Work Environment
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alaska Univ., Anchorage.
Identifiers - Location: Alaska