ERIC Number: ED471119
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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Borderland Teachers' Perceptions of Purpose-In-Life and Persistence in the Classroom.
Pirtle, Trace N.
This study examined the current perception of meaning and purpose in life among Texas borderland school teachers as measured by the Purpose in Life Test, noting respondents' perceived likelihood of persisting as classroom teachers beyond 5 years given their Purpose in Life Test score. Data from 146 predominantly Hispanic public elementary, middle, and high school teachers from the border region of South Texas indicated that 73 percent of respondents perceived definite meaning and purpose in life, and 83 percent of perceived meaning and purpose in teaching. Most teachers reported looking forward to coming to work each day and viewed teaching as a rewarding profession. Meaning and purpose scores were significantly higher among elementary school teachers than among middle and high school teachers. Teachers reported that commitment to health and happiness was their top priority in life. While teachers reported that their personal and professional lives had meaning and purpose, only 46 percent indicated a desire to remain in the classroom beyond 5 years. (Contains 10 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Texas
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Purpose in Life Test