Some Relationships Between Teacher Characteristics, Subject Taught and Teaching Practices in Secondary Schooling

Year: 1993

Author: Bourke, Sid, Smith, Max

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

A survey of 285 secondary teachers in the Hunter Region of NSW provided data on teacher background and characteristics including their perceptions of work-related stress, workload and satisfaction. Subsequently the English, Mathematics and Social Science lessons of 71 of these teachers were observed and the nature of specific classroom contextual variables and teaching practices were recorded. Subject taught was found to be related to teacher characteristics and teaching practices. A multivariate model was developed and tested in an attempt to explicate key relationships.