Document Type : Primary Research paper
Doctoral Research Scholar Department of Social Work Bishop Heber College, TiruchirapalliAffiliated to Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli 620017,Tamil Nadu, India
Ph. D, Research Supervisor Department of Social Work Bishop Heber College, Tiruchirapalli Affiliated to Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirapalli 620017,Tamil Nadu, India
This paper focuses on the attitude of Primary school teachers towards teaching profession. Teaching being a self-motivated activity demands a favourable attitude and specific competencies from its practitioners. Teachers’ proficiency depends on the attitude he/she possesses for the profession. Teachers’ positive attitude helps students to have healthy discussions and thereby produce improved learning outcome. The purpose of this study is to understand how different variables like age, education, qualification influenced teachers’ attitude towards teaching profession; and how teachers’ attitude influence student’s academic performance. The samples were selected using stratified random sampling. The study used mixed methodology for data collection. Questionnaire, scales and focused group discussions were the tools used for data collection. The findings show that attitude of teachers correlated positively and significantly with students’ academic performance. There were several factors like lack of job satisfaction, monotony of work, students’ learning interest and absence of teaching materials/instructional aide influenced the attitude of teachers. More qualified teachers seemed to be having more positive attitudes than that of the less qualified teachers. Similarly, younger teachers appear to possess more positive attitudes than that of the older teachers. The paper strongly recommends among others that teachers should go beyond Instruction and focus on the interpersonal aspects of teaching; constant in-service training should be provided for teachers and also provision should be made for teachers to attend educational conferences both locally and internationally as this would help them grow on the job. This study also provides suggestions for the school system to adapt based on the findings from the study.