ERIC Number: ED416734
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
A Career in Teaching Business Education.
Sinha, Ratna; Anderson, Marcia A.
This study examined the career patterns of secondary school business education teachers, focusing on possible demographic differences between teachers who sought alternate career paths and those who did not. A stratified national sample of 284 business teachers completed a survey questionnaire. The study found that the typical respondent was a white female, 44 years old, married, with 1.66 children, who had a Master's degree, 17 years of teaching experience, and was teaching keyboarding or computer literacy/applications. Seventy-six percent of the respondents' careers started from 3 different points in life: (1) with a Bachelor's degree; (2) working for a business; or (3) military service. The most frequently identified pattern was for an individual to obtain a Bachelor's degree and certification (n=108), accept a teaching position (n=44), obtain a Master's degree while continuing to teach (n=52), and accept administrative duties (n=12). The study also found that slightly less than half of the respondents were currently seeking an alternative career route (48.6 percent), while slightly more than half (51.4 percent) were not. A significant number of those in the former category were under 35 years of age. (Contains 14 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, March 24-28, 1997).