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|Title:||A comparative and indepth analysis of Illinois Master Teachers of 1984|
|Author(s):||Seitz, Janice Ann|
|Doctoral Committee Chair(s):||Phelps, L. Allen|
|Department / Program:||Education|
|Degree Granting Institution:||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
Education, Teacher Training
|Abstract:||The purpose of this two-phase study was: (a) to describe the demographic characteristics and views of the 1984 Illinois Master Teachers and to compare them with those from an overall sample of teachers nationally as complied by C. Emily Feistritzer in her 1986 study Profile of Teachers in the U.S.; and, (b) to explore the diversity within the master teacher sample. The stratified random sample of 200 master teachers (of the 500 identified) was comprised of four sub-groups: (a) elementary males; (b) elementary females; (c) secondary males; (d) secondary females. Data were collected by mail survey. Feistritzer's 57-item survey instrument was replicated with the master teacher sample and data were compared with the national sample compiled by Feistritzer. Data from the master teachers were also analyzed on variables relating to family background, educational attainment, and employment as teachers. For the purpose of identifying future research endeavors, a five-part supplemental instrument was included. Both survey instruments and cover letter were mailed to all sub-groups. Two follow-up mailings were sent to non-respondents and a response rate of 85% was obtained.
Results indicated significant differences between Illinois Master Teachers and teachers in general: master teachers were better educated, more experienced, had received more academic honors, and indicated a stronger commitment to remain in teaching. Master teachers viewed their strong commitment to their work (in terms of time and energy) as the major difference between themselves and other teachers. They sought involvement in the training of future teachers and expressed some general disappointment with the lack of follow-through and discontinuation of the Illinois Master Teacher Program. Findings from the study's second phase included: almost all black master teachers were born in "small towns"; all master teachers born in the "inner city" were white; "inner city" and "urban" master teachers were least satisfied with their work; and, master teachers with undergraduate degrees in education were the most satisfied with both their preparation for and work as teachers.
Included in the recommendations were specific suggestions for selecting teacher education candidates and teachers for the nation's schools. It was also recommended that the expertise of master teachers be utilized statewide and that they play a prominent role in teacher education.
|Rights Information:||Copyright 1989 Seitz, Janice Ann|
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2011-05-07|
|Identifier in Online Catalog:||AAI8924942|