Academic journal article Childhood Education

The Metlife Survey of the American Teacher: Transitions and the Role of Supportive Relationships

Academic journal article Childhood Education

The Metlife Survey of the American Teacher: Transitions and the Role of Supportive Relationships

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THE METLIFE SURVEY OF THE AMERICAN TEACHER: Transitions and the Role of Supportive Relationships. Markow, D. & Martin, S., Editors. New York: Harris Interactive, 2005. Since 1984, The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company has conducted surveys of educators to publicize the voices of teachers, principals, students, and others. This year, the focus was on studying the support systems that help teachers and students who are successful in transitioning. Harris Interactive Inc. surveyed principals, new teachers (no more than five years of experience), and students to determine how relationships in schools affect success. The survey studied such topics as the role of school principals in securing teachers and managing schools, the personal dynamics of schools, identifying successful teachers, understanding why some teachers leave teaching, and the support systems related to new teachers, principals, and students. The surveyed sample included 841 school principals and 800 teachers interviewed by telephone; 1,073 students in grades 7-12 from public schools throughout the United States were interviewed online.

Most new teachers believe they can have a strong impact on the lives of students, that personal relationships are important in transitioning into schools, and that parent connections are important, especially in elementary school. …

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