ERIC Number: ED382616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
The People Who Work There. The Report of the Catholic Elementary School Teacher Survey.
Kushner, Remigia; Helbling, Madonna
A survey instrument was developed and administered to full-time elementary teachers working in Catholic elementary schools. Of the questionnaires distributed in the six regions served by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), 1,076 (52 percent) were returned. Over 90% respondents were Catholic and female, with no background as members of a religious order; 63% had received at least 4 years of Catholic schooling themselves. Most expressed high degrees of job satisfaction. Respondents' perceptions and attitudes on financial issues, Church teachings, social concerns, quality of education, and teacher involvement are discussed, and conclusions and recommendations based on these findings are offered. Teachers in Catholic schools earned an average of $6,000 per year less than public school peers; most felt that high costs of Catholic schooling prevented many families from enrolling their children. Younger teachers and teachers who had spent less time in Catholic schools as students were considerably more likely to disagree with Church teachings on birth control, abortion, and homosexuality. Younger teachers were also found to value tolerance and broadmindedness in general more highly than Church membership. Attitudes toward conflict resolution were widely divided. Five appendices include: a copy of the survey instrument; the letter to principals in participating schools; the letter to the teachers; second letter to principals; and the survey and responses. (Contains 42 references.) (PB)
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC.