ERIC Number: ED467760
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-May-14
Teacher Morale: The Impact of Teaching Experience, Workplace Conditions, and Workload.
Bivona, Kristy N.
This study investigated influences on teachers' attitudes toward and perceptions of teaching. A group of 20 diverse teachers completed surveys that examined teaching experience, workplace conditions, and workload. Results indicated that teacher morale was good. Over half of the teachers said that they would become teachers again if they had the chance to start over. More than half said that they planned to remain in teaching. When the results were analyzed in terms of teaching experience, a significant difference in morale was found. Teachers with more than 10 years of experience had much more positive attitudes toward teaching than did less experienced teachers. Experienced teachers also spent less time on school-related activities after school hours. Most of the respondents felt that they were not getting enough support from their students' parents, that necessary materials were not available as needed, and that they were not being evaluated fairly. The paper recommends that less experienced teachers network with veteran teachers in order to raise their morale, lessen their workload, and become more effective teachers. (Contains 12 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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