Perceptions Surveys (PTaP and PTaP.HE)
Perceptions of Teaching as a Profession (PTaP & PTaP.HE) Survey and Analysis Tools
Audience/Setting: PTaP: Any STEM students and PTaP.HE: Any faculty, staff, or advisor
Time: 8-10 minutes to take the survey
Synopsis: Give the PTaP to assess student perceptions about grade 7-12 math and science teaching as a profession. Give the PTaP.HE to assess college/university faculty, staff and advisors’ perceptions of grade 7-12 math and science teaching as a profession.
Each survey takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and can be effectively administered during class time or as part of a faculty meeting. If you would like to see the questions on each survey or administer hard-copy, please see the PDF files under “Toolkit materials” below. If you would like to collect larger scale data from your department, both surveys are available on SurveyMonkey (PTaP, PTaP.HE); however, please contact us before distributing links and collecting data. More detail about the development and validation can be found in the PDF slide decks linked below.
Empirical Survey Categories
Through our development work and statistical analysis, we determined 11 empirical categories of students’ perceptions of teaching as a profession:
- Personal Enjoyment
- As a Career Choice
- Support by Others
- Department Values and Encourages Teaching
- Department Supports Me Teaching
- Employee Benefits and Security
- Teaching is Scientific
- Back Up Plan
- All Students Can Learn
- I Would If…
Similarly, we determined 10 empirical categories of faculty members’ perceptions of teaching as a profession:
- Respects the Profession
- Facts about Teaching
- Department Support
- Career Options
- Salary Accuracy
- Teaching is Enjoyable
- Teaching is Scientific
- The Champion/Advocate
- As a Career Choice for Students
- Teacher Autonomy
PhysPort can be used to score your data in these 11 categories, as well as to quickly provide you with the number of students who indicate that they are pursuing certification at your institution or through another route.
This data has a range of uses including identifying the number of students who would pursue teaching given correct information about the profession. The PTaP can also be used longitudinally or pre/post to monitor your efforts to get the facts out about the profession. If you are willing to share the data from your institution, contact Wendy Adams at contact Wendy Adams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is an Excel spreadsheet available that can be used to score your data in the 10 empirical categories of the PTaP.HE. This data is useful for measuring support for and knowledge of the teaching profession among your faculty members. Additionally, it can provide you with targets for improving perceptions, which can have a lasting impact on teacher recruitment at your university. Again, if you are willing to share the data from your institution, contact Wendy Adams at contact Wendy Adams at email@example.com.
Good to know
- These resources were developed with data from STEM undergraduates, graduates, and faculty at a range of U.S. universities.