Editor's note: Dr. Wendy C. Kasten is a Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. She is trying to reach as many teachers as possible and wanted to make sure educators from across Missouri received the invitation. Please feel free to share this with your colleagues.
Are you tired of hearing people outside of education say that teaching is an easy job with short hours and long vacations? Do you think most people understand what is involved being a teacher?
The only way we can hope to influence public perceptions is to present data. So, Dr. Kasten with the Institutional Review Board at Kent State University has designed a computer based survey that explores how classroom teachers work -the degree to which you spend time at school, and how much time you spend related to your job outside of school. Dr. Kasten has included questions which explore the extent to which teachers spend their own money related to school needs. There is little data available about teachers and their work, only anecdotal evidence. Dr. Kasten hopes to change that with this study. She plans to publish this in education journals.