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ERIC Number: ED378133
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 16
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The Hidden Factor in Early Field Experience: Teachers' Perception of the Quality of Life at Work.
Divins, Barbara; And Others
This project identified work environment factors in eight schools where a teacher preparation program placed early field experience students and where the university students reported experiencing positive field placements. The purpose was to determine the impact of certain variables on teachers' perception of the quality of their own professional life. A survey of 68 teachers addressed administration, time, students, interruptions, work environment, external support, internal support, job market, extrinsic rewards, and evaluation. Findings indicated that: (1) females were more comfortable with the job market than were males; (2) elementary teachers were more satisfied and less stressed than secondary teachers; (3) there were no differences between teachers with Bachelor's degrees and those with Master's degrees; (4) on the secondary level, older teachers were less satisfied, more stressed, and less comfortable with the quality of life than were younger teachers. The study concludes that factors accounting for a positive atmosphere for field experience students include: elementary school with older teachers, external support available in the form of student recognition which leads to student involvement, and not necessarily a faculty with advanced degrees. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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