As promised, I am going to have today’s blog post be about the results of the Teachers Opinion survey. Like in my previous post about the Student Opinion results, this survey reflects how individuals, in particular Educators, feel about their experiences within the Educational system. Overall, the survey asked for the opinions on varying subject matter and included a mixture of both male and females teachers with an age range of 25 to 50. So let’s get started shall we?
Teachers do indeed want to see their students prosper, especially when it comes to their students’ future career path. Similar to the opinions of the students, there was a strong agreement that Education should be a tool for career preparation. However, teachers felt more strongly that Education should also be a place where one can develop intellectually (83.3%) and foster self improvement (66.3%). In fact, 60% agreed that Educational institutions should spend more time and resources assessing and addressing each student’s needs. This paralleled the agreement that there needs to me more classroom aids.
All agreed there should be greater communication between parents and themselves regarding the child’s learning development as well as greater communication between parents and child to reinforce their efforts as Educators. It is, however a very careful line to tread for parents when getting involved with their child’s education and teachers do recognize this. One reported that, “As an educator, I found that parents who where actively involved in their child’s education performed better at school. However, the parents should not be so involved that they become a hindrance to their child’s education. I have also believed that both parents and educator should be scaffolds for the children.” So you see, there needs to be a healthy balance between all three participants for the child to grown and prosper in their school environment.
Educators who took the survey all felt that they should only be educated in the field, but also agreed that schools should be completing research in the classroom as another way of providing an enriching educational environment for students. However, while there was agreement that schools should be implementing new research findings into teachings, there was still 17% that disagreed with this. One possible explanation of this can be found in the response of one of the survey participants: “I agree schools should be implementing new research findings into teaching practice. However, teachers need to be properly in-serviced to implement these new practices. Too many times, teachers are left on their own with insufficient training to interpret new findings. As a result, these practices fall to the wayside because the teachers were not properly prepared.” So in this way, research can indeed be useful, but must be carefully implemented to ensure the best possible outcome.
Overall I hope these results have given you, my readers, a good perception of how Educators truly feel about the current Educational System. Perhaps some of the results even gave you a pleasant surprise? Well. I certainly tip my hat off to these diligent individuals who serve future generations through their guidance and instruction. Don’t you?