ERIC Number: ED318532
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
The Labour Process of Teaching at John Abbott College (Part One).
This survey was conducted at John Abbott College to gauge teachers' responses to issues concerning their job satisfaction, interaction with colleagues, perceptions of student abilities, and perceptions concerning union negotiating priorities and areas of conflict within the institutional environment. Of the 75 teachers contacted, 47 returned questionnaires, for a response rate of 63%. Major findings were as follows: (1) for females, "more interesting work" would be the most important factor if they were considering another job, whereas "higher pay and better benefits" would be the most important consideration for men; (2) less than half of the respondents chose their work as teachers as their most satisfying activity, although 100% of the non-permanent teachers in the sample chose teaching as their most satisfying activity; (3) 51.1% indicated that maintaining some form of interaction with their immediate colleagues at the college was "very important"; (4) over 65% considered contact with persons at the college, other than departmental colleagues, to be "somewhat important" or "very important"; (5) 80.9% of the respondents found students to be highly or somewhat motivated to learn; (6) respondents were almost evently divided in their opinions of whether incoming students were adequately or inadequately prepared; (7) 40.4% of the respondents indicated that salary should be stressed most in contract negotiations, whereas 59.6% chose non-salary related issues as the most important; and (8) 55.3% chose administration policy as the area in which they would make the most changes if given the chance. The survey instrument and sample comments are attached. (JMC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: John Abbott Coll., Sainte Anne de Bellevue (Quebec).