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ERIC Number: ED625927
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2022-Nov
Pages: 68
Abstractor: As Provided
The Rise and Fall of the Teaching Profession: Prestige, Interest, Preparation, and Satisfaction over the Last Half Century. EdWorkingPaper No. 22-679
Kraft, Matthew A.; Lyon, Melissa Arnold
Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University
We examine the state of the U.S. K-12 teaching profession over the last half century by compiling nationally representative time-series data on four interrelated constructs: professional prestige, interest among students, preparation for entry, and job satisfaction. We find a consistent and dynamic pattern across every measure: a rapid decline in the 1970s, a swift rise in the 1980s, relative stability for two decades, and a sustained drop beginning around 2010. The current state of the teaching profession is at or near its lowest levels in 50 years. We identify and explore a range of factors that might explain these historical patterns including education funding, teacher pay, outside opportunities, unionism, barriers to entry, working conditions, accountability, autonomy, and school shootings.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University
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