ERIC Number: EJ773876
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 5
Giving Teachers a Voice
Dagenhart, Diana B.; O'Connor, Katherine A.; Petty, Teresa M.; Day, Barbara D.
Kappa Delta Pi Record, v41 n3 p108-111 Spr 2005
The authors report on a teacher survey that was conducted in North Carolina to determine the wants and needs of teachers in North Carolina. The survey had Likert-scaled quesitons about administrative support and professional development needs as well as information about professional and personal characteristics. The research was conducted to give teachers a voice and then initiate dialogue with state decision makers to improve teachers' working conditions. The survey revealed that the top five professional needs for job success and satisfaction were: (1) more planning time; (2) support and respect as a professional; (3) adequate materials and supplies; (4) administrative support and leadership; and (5) time and financial support for professional development and study. The top five changes that teahers felt were needed to support their best efforts and to improve the teaching environment were: (1) smaller class size; (2) more planning timel; (3) less standardized testing; (4) adequate materials and supplies; and (5) principal's support with discipline. Regarding teacher retention, respondents indicated that they would leave the profession because of low salary, retirement, needing a change, lack of respect from administrators, students, and the community, or being burned out and overstressed. However, the primary reason teachers chose to remain in the profession was their love for the students and the teaching profession. The survey also examined differences in the wants and needs of National Board and non-Board Certified teachers. It found that National Board Certified teachers also wanted more autonomy in decision making about the curriculum, student needs, and classroom management. The findings supported the notion that the National Board Certification process does indeed identify teacher leaders in the classroom.
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Teacher Surveys, Teacher Leadership, Professional Development, Needs Assessment, Interest Research, Likert Scales, Instructional Leadership, Social Support Groups, Statistical Analysis, State Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina