The objectives of the study were: (1) To compare Personal, Social and Professional characteristics of National Awardee Teachers (NAT) of Primary and Secondary levels. (2) To identify Personality characteristics of NAT of both the groups. (3) To critically examine the weightage given to Personal, Social and Professional characteristics of teachers for the purpose of selection for National Award. (4) To suggest improvement in the criteria of selection of teachers for National Award.
Percentage, arithmetic mean, Standard Deviation, Chi-square and t - Test were used to treat the collected data.
The major findings of the study were: (1) Primary and Secondary National Awardees Teachers differed from non-Awardees in Income of the family in childhood. Awardees belonged to low Income Families. (2) Primary Awardees had individual problems more than non-Awardees and had large circle of friends but read less number of books than text during Primary Education. (3) Primary Awardees favoured Service and Professional Satisfaction as a reason for selecting teaching Professional. Secondary non-Awardees favoured the Job of Doctor, Engineer while Primary Awardees favoured Teacher s Job as the Vocational Choice for children. Primary Awardees were against Tuition while non-Awardees favoured it. (4) Primary Awardees differed significantly from non-Awardees on capacity for status and Intellectual efficiency. Secondary Awardees differed from non-Awardees only in capacity for status. In both the cases the results were in favour of non-Awardees. (5) Majority of experts did not agree to 75% weightage given to the statements, namely, Indulging in Tuition, Political and Trade Union Activities and Litigation; Habit of submitting complaints and Punctuality of teachers. They suggested that Punctuality of teachers should carry 15% and overall weightage to above mentioned items should not exceed 40%.
Keyword(s): Biographical study, National Awardee Teachers , Personal, Social and Professional Variables