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Working at a high school: a teacher's perspective

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Working at a High School: a Teacher's Perspective TABLE OF CONTENTS Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Literature Review Chapter 3 Methodology and Methods Questionaires Interviews Ethical Issues Chapter 4 Results and Findings General Findings: Answers to the Research Questions Chapter 5 Recommendations and Conclusion Appendix 1 Appendix II Appendix III Bibliography CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION As part of the required course in Educational Research Methods, I am to conduct and submit a research project in order to gain experience in how to implement research. The title that I have selected for my research project is "Working at [anonymous] High School: A Teacher's Perspective." My reasons for selecting such a topic are many. Basically, I decided on this topic as a direct result of my course in Sociology in Education. The topic, "What Teaching does to Teachers." I decided on my topic while researching information for a course assignment in Sociology. On reading the information gathered, it sparked some questions of my own. Initially, I had decided to research causes of disillusionment with teaching at [anonymous] High School. However, after running the pilot phase of my project, I realized that I would have no foundation to carry out research, as teachers claimed they were not dissatisfied. Before I delve deeper, it is important to note that teaching was my first choice of career. Even when I entered the field of Agriculture, I did so in the hopes of becoming an Agricultural Science teacher. Even when seeking employment after graduating, I had always hoped I would become a teacher. I desired such a career because 1. my mother and other relatives were all teachers, so I hoped that I would follow in their footsteps; 2. the influence of my Agricultural Science teacher. Having been exposed to teachers and teaching from a young age, I began to lay down beliefs and concepts that pertained to teaching and why I should be a teacher. ...read more.


This was done to ensure the reliability of the answers. However, due to the problems of staff timetables and the erratic attendance of staff on the days when the questionnaire was given, only eleven people were able to return a completed questionnaire. While this was less than 50% of the staff, it was still far greater than 10%, which is accepted as adequate for research purposes. The Questionnaire Whilst my study is based on adapting the work of Dr. [anonymous], my questionnaire was designed to include her questions as well as those designed by me aimed at answering my research questions in an attempt to get a view on the issues affecting teachers at [anonymous] High School. QUESTIONS ONE TO FOURTEEN These questions attempt to get a view on the issues affecting teachers at [anonymous] High School. The following section deals with these questions. When asked if entering the teaching profession was a first choice or a last resort to gaining employment, 45% replied that it was a first choice and another 45% that it was a last resort. In a similar pattern, 45% said that they wanted to become a teacher because nothing else was available in terms of other career options and 36% said that it was their wish to become a teacher. However, when asked if they believe that there is a future in reaching or whether teaching was a dead-end career, 73% were of the opinion that it was a dead-end. Attempting to get an insight into how teachers view administrative positions, a question was asked of whether they would accept an administrative position if it was offered to them. The answer was that 73% replied in the negative. 100% of the teachers asked, responded "No' to the question, "Do you believe that you are adequately remunerated for your services?" In response to question 10, which dealt with teacher satisfaction, 73% felt that students, staff and administration were all factors that affect their satisfaction on the job. ...read more.


NO 12. Do you feel motivated to work as a teacher? a. YES b. NO 13 How do you see yourself at school? a. AS SOMEONE CAPABLE OF CLASSROOM WORK ONLY b. AS SOMEONE FULFILLING A MULTI-FACETED ROLE AT SCHOOL c. AS GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND YOUR EXPECTED ROLE. d. DON'T KNOW 14. Do you fee capable of handling your role/s? a. ALWAYS b. SOMETIMES c. NEVER d. DON'T KNOW 15. In general, how much do you enjoy teaching AS AN OCCUPATION? a. A GREAT DEAL b. TO SOME EXTENT c. NOT MUCH d. VERY LITTLE 16. In general, how well would you say that teaching measures up to the SORT OF WORK YOU WANTED when you entered the profession? a. A GREAT DEAL b. TO SOME EXTENT c. NOT MUCH d. VERY LITTLE 17. Knowing what you know now, if you had to decide all over again whether to ENTER TEACHING, how likely is it that you would do so? a. VERY LIKELY b. QUITE LIKELY c. NOT VERY LIKELY d. NOT AT ALL LIKELY 18. Considering all things, and thinking about the TEACHING POST YOU PRESENTLY HOLD, how satisfied would you say you are with your present job? a. A GREAT DEAL b. TO SOME EXTENT c. NOT MUCH d. VERY LITTLE 19. To what extent is SUCCESS AT WORK important to you? a. A GREAT DEAL b. TO SOME EXTENT c. NOT MUCH d. VERY LITTLE 20. To what extent does matters connected with your work occupy your thoughts OUTSIDE WORKING HOURS? a. A GREAT DEAL b. TO SOME EXTENT c. NOT MUCH d. VERY LITTLE 21. To what extent do you want to know what is happening in school OUTSIDE your own classroom (e.g. policies or curriculum discipline, etc.) a. A GREAT DEAL b. TO SOME EXTENT c. NOT MUCH d. VERY LITTLE 22. All in all, how much STRESS do you experience in your present job? a. A GREAT DEAL b. TO SOME EXTENT c. NOT MUCH d. ...read more.

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