Master's Theses



Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


For many years the loss of Kansas-trained and experienced teacher has been a source of concern to those interested in the quality of instruction in the secondary schools of Kansas. A number of factors have combined to keep teaching salaries below a professional level on both the national and state scenes. There has been a lack of data on some of these factors on the state level, such as: second-wage earners and man and wife teaching combinations. To find out what percentages of secondary classroom teachers in selected Class B public high schools in Kansas were second-wage earners, members of man and wife teaching combinations, and moonlighting, a questionnaire was developed and sent to the administrators of the selected Class B schools. From a total of ninety-two Class B public high schools contacted a total of sixty-six returned the completed questionnaire. In addition, a review of literature available in Forsyth Library, Fort Hays Kansas State College, was conducted to determine what factors on the national level were involved in low teaching salaries. The data obtained from the review of literature also served as a check upon the validity of the percentages obtained from the questionnaire on the state level. Summing up the data obtained from the study, it was found that single-wage earners, with fewer years of tenure, earned more money than second-wage earners. Members of man and wife teaching combinations earned less money than did members of their respective sex who were not members of such combinations. A considerable number of teachers were resorting to moonlighting to supplement their teaching income.


Dr. LaVier L. Staven

Date of Award

Summer 1965

Document Type

Thesis - campus only access


© 1965 Raymond Dean Austin


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