ERIC Number: ED163606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Non-contact Time for Primary School Teachers.
The State School Teachers' Union of Western Australia has requested that primary teachers be free from teaching one-fifth time for other professional duties. Several arguments in favor of this proposal for more "noncontact time" have been advanced. The argument that primary teachers should have noncontact time equivalent to that of teachers at other levels ignores differences in the nature of the job at each level. When Western Australian teachers are compared with primary teachers in other parts of Australia, they do not appear undersupplied with noncontact time. Although teachers must complete many activities besides those requiring student contact, it is uncertain whether these activities should occupy time made available by lengthening the school day or by improving teacher-pupil ratios. Although increasing noncontact time may improve teacher morale, there is no evidence that this would produce improvements in student achievement. Although the principle of noncontact time has been accepted by the state department of education, it is uncertain how much time is appropriate. In the absence of valid research data, decisions must be made using reasonable judgment and contemporary standards and practices. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Western Australian Education Dept., Perth. Research Branch.
Identifiers: Australia (Western Australia); Noncontact Time