ERIC Number: ED027899
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
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The Impact of 1961 Legislation Relating to Probationary Teachers on Instruction and Administrative Practices in California Public Junior Colleges.
Mikalson, Roy Gale
In 1961, the California Legislature stiffened the legal requirements for the dismissal of probationary teachers at the end of a school year. Surveying the literature, and polling selected junior college administrators and probationary teachers, the author sought to assess the impact of this change on the quality of junior college instruction. On the positive side, he found a greater emphasis on careful selection of new faculty, revised programs of evaluation of probationary teachers, and freer feelings of probationary teachers to teach without fear of arbitrary dismissal. On the negative side, he found boards and administrators reluctant to dismiss mediocre teachers, no increase in supervisory help, and a negative effect on faculty-administrator rapport on the possibility of a hearing. The effects of the change varied with the individual college and seemed to depend on the state of faculty-administrator rapport, the ability of the college to attract and hold competent teachers, community expectations, and the perceptions of the administrators on the possibility of releasing a teacher rated ineffective. The author concludes that administrators must not perceive the changes in the Education Code as providing "instant tenure"; otherwise selective retention will be precluded and the quality of instruction will diminish. (MC)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Educational Legislation, Instructional Improvement, Probationary Period, State Legislation, Teacher Employment, Tenure, Two Year Colleges
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Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley.