ERIC Number: ED358087
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
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Teacher Education as a Career Choice of Hispanic High School Seniors.
Mack, F. R. Poncefonte; Jackson, Thomas E.
Nationally, Hispanics represent 3 percent of the teaching force and comprise nearly 10 percent of the population. Yet there appears to be little progress in the employment of minority, including Hispanic, teachers. This paper describes a survey administered to 605 high school seniors in Grand Rapids (Michigan) to determine attitudes of Hispanic students toward teaching as a career and their perceptions of conditions associated with the teaching profession. The total number of surveys returned for data analysis was 583; the number of students who identified themselves as Hispanic was 36, or 6 percent of the sample. Results suggest that Hispanic students are an untapped resource for staffing future teaching positions (approximately 30 percent would select teaching as a career); that Hispanics are more likely to be future candidates for teaching positions in urban districts than nonminority candidates; and that intervening variables, such as financial support, career awareness, lack of positive information about the field, and lack of encouragement from significant others, appear to be barriers in attracting Hispanic students into teacher education programs. The paper concludes that the problem of declining Hispanic enrollments in teacher education programs may be primarily attributed to the institutions that develop and nurture future teachers rather than to Hispanic students themselves. Questionnaire results are appended. (Contains 37 references.) (LL)
Descriptors: Career Awareness, Career Choice, Career Guidance, Futures (of Society), High School Seniors, High Schools, Higher Education, Hispanic American Students, Hispanic Americans, Minority Group Teachers, Student Attitudes, Student Financial Aid, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Recruitment, Teaching (Occupation), Urban Schools
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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