ERIC Number: ED197446
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
On the Psychology of Declining Enrolment: With a Brief Review of Attempts to Cushion the Negative Effects of Professional Unemployment.
Hunt, David E.; Hunt, Janice S.
From a psychological perspective, this paper explores the effects of staff reduction, resulting from declining enrollment, on elementary and secondary teachers in Ontario. The authors state that fear of future unemployment has contributed to the stressful nature of teaching and is likely to retard the efficiency of even those teachers who retain their jobs. When the lottery method is employed to determine who will be fired, teachers lose confidence in their ability to control their own lives whether they "win" or not. The paper reviews past attempts to ease professional unemployment, drawing from the experience of the depression and more recent history. Some partial solutions include job sharing, shortened work weeks, and part-time work. The authors conclude that schools and teachers must be responsive to the present and adopt an appropriate philosophy of change in order to avoid fossilization. (Author/WD)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Declining Enrollment, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Individual Psychology, Part Time Employment, Reduction in Force, Self Determination, Stress Variables, Teacher Employment, Teachers, Unemployment, Work Life Expectancy
Publications Centre, Ministry of Government Services, 880 Bay St., 5th Floor, Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario M7A 1N8 Canada (Record No. ON01539/CODE00294; $.50 microfiche).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Declining School Enrolments in Ontario, Toronto.
Note: For related documents, see EA 013 260-308.