ERIC Number: ED453155
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
The Essential Profession: A National Survey of Public Attitudes toward Teaching, Educational Opportunity and School Reform.
Haselkorn, David; Harris, Louis
This report summarizes findings from a study of Americans' attitudes toward teaching, educational opportunity, and school reform, examining: what Americans feel must be done to ensure that all schools become what they should be, teachers' roles in fulfilling the quest for higher student achievement, and how well current and proposed reform efforts measure up to the public's expectations for its schools. Surveys of 2,525 adults nationwide indicate that most Americans believe that once the issue of school safety is addressed, providing a qualified teacher in every classroom is the most important way to improve education and lift student achievement. They feel that doing what it takes to put a fully qualified teacher in every classroom is more important than offering educational vouchers or having for-profit companies run public schools. Respondents agree that most students are capable of learning, and demanding that all students meet the same academic standards is important. They believe that negative student behaviors are the main problem in public schools. They strongly favor more time for teacher development and planning. Respondents perceive that teachers are not well paid, but they consider teaching the profession that most benefits society. The teacher survey is appended. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Faculty Development, Public Opinion, Public Schools, Student Behavior, Teacher Competencies, Teaching Conditions
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Philip Morris Inc., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Recruiting New Teachers, Inc., Belmont, MA.
Note: For companion study, see SP 039 951.