ERIC Number: ED479484
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-3
The Voices of Experienced Elementary School Teachers: Their Insights about the Profession.
Marston, Susan H.; Courtney, Victoria B.
The purpose of this research is to determine the level of career satisfaction of elementary teachers who have been teaching for 15 or more years and to identify the forces that have kept them in the classroom and the teaching profession. Both quantitative and qualitative data collected in school districts in northern California and eastern Pennsylvania inform this study. The data suggest that many factors motivate teachers to remain in the classroom. The findings are grouped according to three broad areas: professional satisfaction, practical motivators, and social factors. Teachers also express some concerns about the profession and choosing it again. The concerns stem from increased demands, inadequate preparation and support, and low monetary compensation. Overall, this study has important implications for the profession and proposes recommendations for change to better support teachers and their students. The survey is appended. (Contains 17 references.) (Author/SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1-5, 2002).