ERIC Number: EJ864164
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct-21
Reference Count: N/A
State of Mind
Yarrow, Andrew L.
Education Week, v29 n8 p21-23 Oct 2009
Two out of five of America's 4 million K-12 teachers appear disheartened and disappointed about their jobs, while others express a variety of reasons for contentment with teaching and their current school environments, new research by Public Agenda and Learning Point Associates shows. The nationwide study, "Teaching for a Living: How Teachers See the Profession Today," offers a comprehensive and nuanced look at how teachers differ in their perspectives on their profession, why they entered teaching, the atmosphere and leadership in their schools, the problems they face, their students and student outcomes, and ideas for reform. Taking a closer look at the nation's teacher corps based on educators' attitudes and motivations for teaching could provide some notable implications for how to identify, retain, and support the most effective teachers, according to the researchers.
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Elementary Secondary Education, Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Persistence, Outcomes of Education, Educational Change, Teacher Motivation, Labor Turnover, Teacher Surveys, Educational Improvement, Federal Legislation, Student Behavior, Parent Participation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001