Another look at teachers' lives: (Re) Shaping the research process

Year: 2001

Author: Bayley, Jonathan, Hemingway, Peter, O'Reilly-Scanlon, Kathleen, Ryan, Heather

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This is a progress report on the Canadian Teacher 2001 Project: The Canadian study of teacher satisfaction, motivation, and health. This study is part of an international study of teachers in which our data and analyses will be compared to those of colleagues in New Zealand, U.S.A., England, Australia, and Malta. A team of five from the University of Regina’s Faculty of Education has undertaken to conduct the Canadian portion of this investigation. We anticipate collecting several thousand surveys and intend to report on the full sample of responses and to compare these with sub-samples drawn to reflect the makeup by province of characteristics such as gender, grade level taught, public and other schools, linguistic grouping, and provincial jurisdiction. In addition to using a common set of questions for the basic survey, we have included questions submitted by our research partners from the profession of teaching. This study is presently being conducted via a website in Canada. Problems with Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and our own server caused some of our early respondents to be frustrated by completing the questionnaire and not being able to submit it. We have changed the design of the website to assign an identification number to an individual logging on. The individual may then exit the website and re-enter, using their identification number to complete their responses. The short-answer portion of the questionnaire takes only about a half hour to complete but the longer written commentary on the open-ended questions may extend the time necessary to complete the survey.