ERIC Number: ED473248
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Jan
African-American Honor Students' Perceptions of Teacher Education as a Career Choice.
Mack, Faite R-P.; Smith, Vernon G.; Norasing VonMany
This study investigated whether there was a pool of qualified, interested African-American high school students available for recruitment into teacher education programs, noting barriers to pursuing a teaching career. In the 2002-03 school year, 127 African-American honor students from six Indiana high schools completed surveys about their interest in teaching as a career. Results indicated that of the career options presented, only 7 percent of respondents identified teaching as their first choice. However, 32 percent of the students indicated they would consider a career teaching in regular education classrooms, and 22 percent of the students reported they would consider a career teaching special education. Lack of career awareness, lack of positive information regarding teaching, and lack of encouragement were obstacles to pursuing teaching as a career. Although limited, some qualified African-American students (particularly females) were interested in teaching as a career and were available to be recruited into teacher education programs. Students identified five changes in the schools that would make teaching an attractive career choice: discipline and respect for teachers, better benefits and salaries, improved facilities and resources, students who come to school wanting to learn, and greater challenge in the curriculum. (Contains 71 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (55th, New Orleans, LA, January 24-27, 2003).