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ERIC Number: ED504812
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985
Pages: 86
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
The Metropolitan Life Survey of the California Teacher, 1985
Metropolitan Life Insurance Company
In addition to being one of the largest states in the country, California is also known for innovation and change. Reform in California often presages change throughout the country. The views of California teachers are, therefore, of special Significance to policymakers. This survey examines the 1985 views of California teachers for strengthening their profession, and is based on telephone interviews with 502 current teachers conducted between April 25 and June 8, 1985. Every public school teacher from kindergarten through grade 12 had an equal chance of being drawn into the sample. Reported findings include: (1) According to the California Commission on Teaching, California will need to recruit a minimum of 80,000 new teachers within the next five years; (2) More than half of all current California teachers have seriously considered leaving the profession; (3) Teachers In California experience more serious problems than do their colleagues around the country with respect to students who lack basic skills, students who use drugs, dropout rates, overcrowded classes, and inadequate programs for remedial students; (4) Teachers believe specific steps can be taken to keep good teachers in the profession; (5) More than one million California school children are taught by teachers who report inadequate instructional materials. insufficient professional support, lack of preparation time and lack of professional decision-making authority; (6) California teachers report they are frustrated by their lack of professional decision-making authority and limited opportunities for collegiality; (7) For those who stay in the profession, the most compelling reasons cited by teachers ore their personal love of teaching and satisfaction in working with students; (8) To attract good people into teaching, a majority of teachers advocate increasing certification requirements, making beginning teachers salaries competitive with other professions, and establishing differentiated pay according to qualifications and experience; (9) Teachers believe that modification of training for those entering the profession is needed; (10) More than 90 percent of teachers support improved relationships with universities and the business community; (11) Most California teachers are aware that education reforms have been enacted and implemented; and (12) Teacher opinions are similar across the state. Survey Methodology, Facts about United States Education, and Facts about California Education are appended. (Contains 30 tables.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Metropolitan Life Insurance Company
Identifiers - Location: California