ERIC Number: EJ1063012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
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Teachers' Perceptions Related to Characteristics of a Professional Environment for Teaching
Sahin, Mehmet; White, Arthur L.
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v11 n3 559-575 Jun 2015
The purpose of this study was to determine pre-service and in-service science and mathematics teachers' perceptions of the characteristics of a professional teaching environment. The study further investigated the relationships of field placement contexts and grade levels on pre-service teachers' perceptions of importance and availability of certain aspects of a professional teaching environment. The teacher perceptions were assessed using the Professional Environment for Teaching Survey (PETS). The responses reflecting the teacher perceptions of importance were subjected to a principal component analysis and two components were identified. These were Resources for Teaching and Recognition of Teacher Contributions. Data obtained from pre-service teachers who (were) enrolled in a graduate teacher education licensure program at a large Midwestern university and from in-service teachers who were mentors for the pre-service teachers. Correlation and forward stepwise multiple regression analyses of the data suggested that the perceptions of importance and/or availability of those pre-service or in-service teachers with more experience were related to the academic degree they held and the content that they were teaching or expecting to teach. Results for the in-service and preservice teachers' perceptions were discussed in terms of characteristics of a professional teaching environment.
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Student Teacher Attitudes, Science Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Professional Development, Teaching Conditions, Teacher Placement, Instructional Program Divisions, Teacher Surveys, Componential Analysis, Educational Resources, Recognition (Achievement), Professional Recognition, Correlation, Regression (Statistics), Academic Degrees, Educational Change, Expectation, Teacher Effectiveness, Factor Analysis
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