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ERIC Number: EJ930614
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1172
Why Do They Teach? A Comparison of Elementary, High School, and College Teachers
Marston, Susan Hemphill
Education, v131 n2 p437-454 Win 2010
This study explored the similarities and differences among elementary teachers, high school teachers, and college professors with respect to job satisfaction and motivations for staying in the profession. The study used quantitative data from the Experienced Teacher Survey and qualitative interview data from a sample of teachers among each group (all with 15 years or more experience). Results show the importance of professional over practical motivators as well as the important of faculty-colleague relationships in elementary, high school, and college teaching. Having a good administrator does not appear to be as important to college professors as it is for elementary and high school teachers. These findings can be helpful as a part of the career-development process of teachers at all levels. Ways to enhance and support these teachers' continued professional development are considered. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California; Pennsylvania