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Profiles of teachers in selected curriculum areas : further analyses of the Staff in Australia’s Schools 2010 Survey

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This report was commissioned by DEEWR and uses data from the 2010 Staff in Australia’s Schools (SiAS) survey to analyse the profiles of the teachers teaching in five selected curriculum areas in primary schools and 12 areas in secondary schools and
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    PROFILES OF TEACHERS IN SELECTED CURRICULUM AREAS: FURTHER ANALYSES OF THE STAFF IN AUSTRALIA ’S SCHOOLS 2010   SURVEY Paul Weldon Glenn Rowley Phillip McKenzie November 2011 This report was commissioned by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR). The assistance of Paul Hunt (DEEWR) and Martin Murphy (ACER) in preparing the report is gratefully acknowledged. The report is based on analyses of the data collected through the Staff in  Australia’s Schools   2010  (SiAS) survey which DEEWR commissioned from ACER. The assistance of DEEWR, Advisory Committee members, ACER colleagues, school authorities and teacher and principal associations from around Australia in supporting the SiAS survey is gratefully acknowledged. Particular appreciation is due to the teachers and school leaders who completed the survey questionnaires. The views expressed in the report are those of the authors and not necessarily of DEEWR or any other individual or organisation.  ii    iii CONTENTS LIST OF TABLES  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- V   ACRONYMS------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ X   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ XI   1. INTRODUCTION --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1   1.1   O VERVIEW OF THE PROJECT  ................................................................................................................ 1   1.2   C URRICULUM AREAS EXAMINED IN THIS REPORT  ................................................................................ 1   1.3   B ACKGROUND ON THE S I AS  SURVEY  .................................................................................................. 2   1.4   T HE NUMBER OF TEACHERS IN THE SPECIFIED CURRICULUM AREAS  .................................................... 3   1.5   R  EPORTING AND INTERPRETING THE SURVEY DATA  ............................................................................ 5   2. SCHOOL LOCATION AND SECTOR ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 9   2.1   G EOGRAPHIC LOCATION OF THE SCHOOL  ............................................................................................ 9   2.2   S CHOOL SECTOR   ................................................................................................................................ 11   2.3   S OCIO - ECONOMIC COMPOSITION  ....................................................................................................... 12   3. DEMOGRAPHIC BACKGROUND ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 15   3.1   A GE  ................................................................................................................................................... 15   3.2   G ENDER   ............................................................................................................................................ 16   3.3   C OUNTRY OF BIRTH  ........................................................................................................................... 18   4. QUALIFICATIONS AND TERTIARY STUDY ------------------------------------------------------------- 20   4.1   Q UALIFICATIONS IN E DUCATION  ....................................................................................................... 20   4.2   Q UALIFICATIONS IN FIELDS OTHER THAN E DUCATION  ...................................................................... 21   4.3   T ERTIARY STUDY IN THE CURRICULUM AREA  .................................................................................... 23   5. PROFESSIONAL LEARNING ACTIVITIES ---------------------------------------------------------------- 28   5.1   E XTENT OF PARTICIPATION IN PROFESSIONAL LEARNING  .................................................................. 28   5.2   P ERCEIVED BENEFITS OF PROFESSIONAL LEARNING  .......................................................................... 31   5.3   P ERCEIVED NEEDS FOR PROFESSIONAL LEARNING  ............................................................................. 33   6. EMPLOYMENT BASIS AND WORKLOAD ---------------------------------------------------------------- 35   6.1   B ASIS OF EMPLOYMENT  ..................................................................................................................... 35   6.2   W ORKLOAD ....................................................................................................................................... 37   7. CAREER PATHS --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 39   7.1   A GE STARTED TEACHING  ................................................................................................................... 39   7.2   L ENGTH OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE ................................................................................................... 40   7.3   S CHOOLS WORKED IN  ........................................................................................................................ 40   7.4   S CHOOL SECTORS AND LOCATIONS WORKED IN  ................................................................................. 41   8. CAREER INTENTIONS ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 44   8.1   I  NTENTION TO LEAVE TEACHING  ....................................................................................................... 44   8.2    N UMBER OF YEARS TEACHERS INTEND TO KEEP WORKING IN SCHOOLS  ............................................ 45   APPENDIX 1: THE TEACHER QUESTIONNAIRE ---------------------------------------------------------- 47   APPENDIX 2: LOTE TEACHERS -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 61   A.1   I DENTIFICATION OF LANGUAGES  ...................................................................................................... 61   A.2   S CHOOL LOCATION ,  SECTOR AND SES  COMPOSITION  ....................................................................... 62      iv A.3   D EMOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS OF LOTE  TEACHERS  .................................................................. 63   A.4   Q UALIFICATIONS OF LOTE  TEACHERS  ............................................................................................. 64   A.5   P ROFESSIONAL LEARNING OF LOTE  TEACHERS  ............................................................................... 66   A.6   E MPLOYMENT BASIS OF LOTE  TEACHERS  ........................................................................................ 67   A.7   C AREER PATHS OF LOTE  TEACHERS  ................................................................................................ 68   A.8   C AREER INTENTIONS OF LOTE  TEACHERS  ....................................................................................... 69   APPENDIX 3: 2007 TABLES --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 71      v LIST OF TABLES Table 1: Proportion and number of teachers teaching in specified curriculum areas ..................... xi   Table 1.1: Final school and teacher response rates for Australia, primary and secondary.............. 3   Table 1.2: Primary teachers: proportions teaching in specified curriculum areas ........................... 3   Table 1.3: Secondary teachers: proportions currently teaching in specified curriculum areas ....... 4   Table 1.4: Average standard errors for reported percentages, by subject specialty (Primary) ........ 6   Table 1.5: Average standard errors for reported percentages, by subject specialty (Secondary) .... 6   Table 2.1: Geographic location of school: for teachers currently teaching in specified areas, Primary teachers .............................................................................................................................. 9   Table 2.2: Geographic location of school: for teachers currently teaching in specified areas, Secondary teachers ........................................................................................................................ 10   Table 2.3: School sector: for teachers currently teaching in specified areas, Primary teachers .... 11   Table 2.4: School sector: for teachers currently teaching in specified areas, Secondary teachers 12   Table 2.5: School SES: for teachers currently teaching in specified areas, Primary teachers ...... 13   Table 2.6: School SES: for teachers currently teaching in specified areas, Secondary teachers .. 14   Table 3.1: Age distribution: for teachers currently teaching in specified areas, Primary teachers 15   Table 3.2: Age distribution: for teachers currently teaching in specified areas, Secondary teachers ....................................................................................................................................................... 16   Table 3.3: Proportions of male and female teachers: for teachers currently teaching in specified areas, Primary teachers .................................................................................................................. 16   Table 3.4: Proportions of male and female teachers: for teachers currently teaching in specified areas, Secondary teachers .............................................................................................................. 17   Table 3.5: Age distribution by gender: for teachers currently teaching in specified areas, Primary teachers .......................................................................................................................................... 17   Table 3.6: Age distribution by gender: for teachers currently teaching in specified areas, Secondary teachers ........................................................................................................................ 18   Table 3.7: Proportion of teachers born in Australia: for teachers currently teaching in specified areas, Primary teachers .................................................................................................................. 18   Table 3.8: Proportion of teachers born in Australia: for teachers currently teaching in specified areas, Secondary teachers .............................................................................................................. 19   Table 4.1: Proportions who hold qualifications in Education: for teachers currently teaching in specified areas, Primary teachers .................................................................................................. 20   Table 4.2: Proportions who hold qualifications in Education: for teachers currently teaching in specified areas, Secondary teachers .............................................................................................. 21   Table 4.3: Proportions who hold qualifications in fields other than Education: for teachers currently teaching in specified areas, Primary teachers ................................................................ 22   Table 4.4: Proportions who hold qualifications in fields other than Education: for teachers currently teaching in specified areas, Secondary teachers ............................................................ 23   Table 4.5: Primary teachers currently teaching in specified areas, by extent of tertiary study in the area ................................................................................................................................................ 24   Table 4.6: Secondary teachers currently teaching in specified areas, by extent of tertiary study in the area .......................................................................................................................................... 25   Table 4.7: Secondary teachers who are qualified to teach in specified curriculum areas but are not doing so  –   the other areas in which they are teaching ................................................................... 27   Table 5.1: Average number of days of professional learning in past 12 months: for teachers currently teaching in specified areas, Primary teachers ................................................................ 28   Table 5.2: Average number of days of professional learning in past 12 months: for teachers currently teaching in specified areas, Secondary teachers ............................................................ 29   Table 5.3: Proportions who have engaged in professional learning activities in the past 12 months, and who have >5 years teaching experience in the area: for teachers currently teaching in specified areas, Primary teachers .................................................................................................. 29   Table 5.4: Proportions who have engaged in professional learning activities in the past 12 months, and who have >5 years teaching experience in the area: all Primary teachers ................ 30  
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