ERIC Number: EJ915500
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Want to Be a Country Teacher? No, I Am Too Metrocentric.
Campbell, Allen M.; Yates, Gregory C. R.
Journal of Research in Rural Education, v26 n4 p1-12 2011
Within the city-state of South Australia, the problem of attracting teachers to teach in rural schools is of long standing. We propose that "metrocentricity" can be viewed as a personal trait inhibiting teachers from considering country positions. In this project, 148 preservice teachers responded to an online survey concerning their desire to teach in the country after graduation. Twenty three per cent indicated this was their intention, and an additional 37% were undecided. Desire to teach in the country was predicted by being schooled in the country as a child, but path modelling revealed this relationship was fully mediated by the participants' self-ratings on a scale of personal metrocentricity, described as personal identification with the city. Metrocentricity predicted desire to teach in the country even within the subgroup of individuals not schooled in the country. Metrocentricity also predicted the disposition to endorse more negative aspects of country teaching experience, and fewer positive aspects, as indexed on checklists, and these measures were found to stand as significant mediators within the descriptive partial least squares path models. (Contains 1 footnote, 3 tables and 4 figures.)
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Rural Schools, Path Analysis, Least Squares Statistics, Foreign Countries, Teaching Experience, Surveys, Models, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Recruitment
Penn State University College of Education, Center on Rural Education and Communities. 310B Rackley Building, University Park, PA 16802. Tel: 814-863-2031; Web site: http://www.jrre.psu.edu/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia