An examination of teachers' time on tasks
America's schools are in need of qualified, exemplary teachers. Half of all new teachers leave the field in the first five years (Ingersoll & Smith, 2003). Teachers are overwhelmed by the demand of required tasks on teachers' time. The purpose of this study was to examine differences in average scores of various teacher-related tasks and duties by three independent variables: the type of teacher (elementary, middle, and high school), gender, and years of experience. A 31-item questionnaire survey elicited participants' responses with regard to the dependent variable (i.e., teaching, preparations and grading, professional development, administration, and other tasks teachers perform to complete the job of teaching). There were two pertinent findings: (1) middle school teachers spent more time on other teaching tasks and (2) teachers with more than 21 years of experience had greater administration tasks than teachers with less than three years of teaching experience.
0514: School administration