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Faculty perceptions of grade 7-12 math and science teaching as a career: Evidence from a reduced-basis factor analysis of the PTAP.HE Instrument
written by Jared B. Breakall, Savannah L. Logan, and Wendy K. Adams
Teachers in the United States rate their lives better than all other occupation groups, trailing only physicians. However, as a nation we face a shortage of qualified math and science teachers. Because students often turn to faculty members for career advice, it is important that faculty hold accurate and positive perceptions of grade 7-12 math and science teaching. To help identify faculty perceptions of the teaching career, an instrument known as the Perceptions of Teaching as a Profession in Higher Education (PTaP.HE) (Pronounced P-Taffy) was developed. In this work a reduced-basis factor analysis was performed on the PTaP.HE and eight underlying factors were identified. These factors provide insight into faculty thinking about grade 7-12 teaching. When survey data are analyzed by these underlying factors, it is found that faculty perceive themselves and their departments as supportive of those who want to pursue grade 7-12 math or science teaching. However, their perceptions of grade 7-12 math and science teaching are sometimes internally inconsistent, with some perceptions being positive and others negative. This work highlights the importance of sharing accurate information about the teaching career with faculty members, so they can in turn share accurate information with their students.
Physics Education Research Conference 2021
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: August 4-5, 2021
Pages 57-62
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Careers
- Recruitment
= Teacher Recruitment
- Teacher Preparation
= Research
Education - Basic Research
- Sample Population
= Instructor: Faculty
- Teacher Characteristics
= Affect
- Graduate/Professional
- Reference Material
= Research study
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10.1119/perc.2021.pr.Breakall
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PERC 2021
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Metadata instance created September 28, 2021 by Lyle Barbato
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J. Breakall, S. Logan, and W. Adams, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, 2021, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15725&DocID=5459).
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J. Breakall, S. Logan, and W. Adams, Faculty perceptions of grade 7-12 math and science teaching as a career: Evidence from a reduced-basis factor analysis of the PTAP.HE Instrument, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, 2021, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15725&DocID=5459>.
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Breakall, J., Logan, S., & Adams, W. (2021, August 4-5). Faculty perceptions of grade 7-12 math and science teaching as a career: Evidence from a reduced-basis factor analysis of the PTAP.HE Instrument. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference. Retrieved December 6, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15725&DocID=5459
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Breakall, J, S. Logan, and W. Adams. "Faculty perceptions of grade 7-12 math and science teaching as a career: Evidence from a reduced-basis factor analysis of the PTAP.HE Instrument." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, August 4-5, 2021. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15725&DocID=5459 (accessed 6 December 2021).
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Breakall, Jared B., Savannah L. Logan, and Wendy Adams. "Faculty perceptions of grade 7-12 math and science teaching as a career: Evidence from a reduced-basis factor analysis of the PTAP.HE Instrument." Physics Education Research Conference 2021. Virtual Conference: 2021. 57-62 of PER Conference. 6 Dec. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15725&DocID=5459>.
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