Comparing Teaching to Other Occupations  
Three Evaluation Approaches (Adapted From Gigerenzer, 1999.*)  
© 2008 Edward G. Rozycki 
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For Method One: (Indicate pos/neg, IMP, importance and PRE, prevalence or probability). 

0 to 3 
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For Method Two: Weighting is 1 or O, for all factors. Ignore Probabilities. Just Add and choose highest sum.  ignore  0 or 1  ignore  ignore  ignore  0 or 1  ignore  ignore 
For Method Three: Pick a Few of the Factors Most Important to You. For each factor, compare the Other Occupation with Teaching for that Factor. Give 1 to that Occupation which best satisfies that factor. Pick highest sum. 
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1. Potential earnings  
2. Stress  
3. Long hours on the job  
4. Work taken home  
5. Long vacations  
6. Boredom  
7. Autonomy  
8. Physical comfort  
9. Enjoyable work  
10. Socially useful work  
11. Job status  
12. Confinement to workplace  
13. Cost of credentials needed  
14. Need to travel  
15. Job security  
16. Intellectual stimulation  
17. Sense of accomplishment  
18. Exposure to danger  
19. Accommodates family life  
20. Relaxed atmosphere  
21. Copious resources  
22. Opportunity for selfexpression  
23. Perks or extras  
24. Skills development possible  
25. Public acclaim  
26. Physical work  
27. Contact with children  
28. Time of day worked  
29. "Cleaning up others' messes"  
30. Being "on call"  
SUMS (OF FACTOR PRODUCTS)

Expanded Directions
Method One: All Factors with Weights and Probabilities:
On the chart above you are asked to indicate whether you are contemplating entering or leaving teaching, and the occupation you would be leaving to go into. You are given a list of factors. You will asked to designate each factor as either positive (+) or negative (). You are asked to indicate how important each factor is to you, using the following scale:
0 = not at all important; 1= not very important; 2= somewhat important; 3= very important.
You are also asked to indicate how prevalent (probable) you perceive that factor to be, using
0 = not at all prevalent; 1= not very prevalent; 2= somewhat prevalent; 3= very prevalent.
After you have given a positive or negative value to each factor, and filled in the value of its importance and the value of its prevalence, you will compute a final value for that factor by multiplying its importance by its prevalence and giving it the appropriate sign, + or / Sum up the factors for each of the two occupations. The most positive score is your computed preference. (see questions and assumptions below)
Method 2: Evaluate all Factors: Ignore Probabilities, Use only 0 or 1 as weights. Highest sum indicates preference.
Method 3: Evaluate only a few of the factors most important to you. Ignore probabilities. Use 0 or 1 as weights. Choose highest sum.
Is the computed preferred occupation different from what
you intuitively feel is right? If so, check the factors for items that you
feel may have contributed to a bad result.
Are there factors that would influence your decision that have been left
off the chart?
Would you have gotten a different result had you filled in these charts
five years ago? Why?
Judgments of importance, both in sign and size, are
constant even though context changes.
Importance from item to item does not change drastically, e.g. some might
be very much bigger another.
Factors don't interact with one another, nor does their order of
consideration matter.
*Reference Gigerenzer, et al. Simple Heuristics that Make Us Smart.
Oxford. 1999. page 143. Decision Strategies.
See "Types of Heuristics" for a quick overview chart of Gigerenzer's and
Selten's heuristics types and comparison with standard computational
methods. Available at TYPESofHEURISTICS.html