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ERIC Number: EJ1117905
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0022-4871
Enduring in an "Impossible" Occupation: Perfectionism and Commitment to Teaching
Jones, Brady K.
Journal of Teacher Education, v67 n5 p437-446 Nov-Dec 2016
Very little is known about the role of person-level qualities, or personality, in the teacher labor market. This study explores the role of "perfectionism" in teacher occupational commitment and retention. One hundred eighteen graduates of a competitive teacher preparation program with widely varying levels of total years commitment to the job completed a measure of three dimensions of perfectionism--"standards" (holding oneself to high standards), "order" (valuing neatness, tidiness, and being disciplined), and "discrepancy" (perceiving a gap between ambitions and abilities)--and gave information about their personal backgrounds and work histories. Results suggest that none of the dimensions of perfectionism predict teacher commitment in the sample as a whole, but that the "order" dimension significantly predicts long-term commitment to struggling urban versus affluent suburban schools. These results imply that long-term urban teachers may be adept at overlooking difficult and sometimes chaotic circumstances to sustain themselves in the occupation.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305B080027