ERIC Number: ED459152
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Key Elements of Quality Schools: A Survey of Teachers, Students and Principals. The MetLife Survey of the American Teacher, 2001.
Harris Interactive, Inc., Rochester, NY.
This report presents data from surveys of teachers, students, and principals on issues such as teaching quality and methods, school environment, expectations, attitudes, and job satisfaction. High-quality teaching is associated with students' having more positive attitudes about learning, school, and their futures. It is also related to high-quality school environments and produces better student performance. Students experiencing low-quality teaching were more likely to be boys, low-income, and low achievers. Secondary teachers and principals reported lower quality education than did elementary teachers and principals and had lower student expectations. Secondary students had even lower expectations and did not have a strong support system at school. Principals were more positive about school quality than teachers were. Secondary students' views were more pessimistic than those of teachers or principals. Students overall, particularly black students, had high expectations for their future. Teachers and principals in heavily minority or low-income schools had lower expectations for their students and reported lower teaching quality. Low-income students had greater needs for support and reported greater obstacles to learning and lower expectations for themselves and their schools. Teachers reported being very satisfied with their jobs overall. Two appendixes present survey methodology and questionnaires. (Contains numerous tables.) (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Administrator Attitudes, Educational Environment, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Job Satisfaction, Low Income Groups, Minority Group Children, Parent Attitudes, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Expectations of Students, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Recruitment
MetLife, The American Teacher Survey, P.O. Box 807, Madison Square Station, New York, NY 10159-0807. For full text: http://www.metlife.com.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Harris Interactive, Inc., Rochester, NY.
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