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Report 3. Convergence and Contradictions in Teachers’ Perceptions of Policy Reform Ideas

How Do Teachers Who Perceive Themselves to be Effective View Their Teaching Conditions?

Teachers who perceive themselves to be effective see fewer drawbacks to the profession, yet they seem to imagine themselves staying in the profession for just as long as other teachers (see Figures 8, 9, and 10). For example, they are less likely to perceive a lack of support from principals or lack of freedom to be creative as being major drawbacks to the profession, yet similar numbers see themselves leaving the classroom within the next four years (24 percent of self-perceived effective teachers versus 25 percent of all other teachers).

 

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