ERIC Number: ED203903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr-21
Reference Count: 0
The Survival of Teachers and Administrators.
Delattre, Edwin J.
While the work of teachers and administrators should ideally provide exceptional opportunities for personal fulfillment, these professionals increasingly face diminishing income, negative public opinion, and a growing number of underprepared and undisciplined students. Though a need exists to weed out the small number of destructively self-serving administrators and teachers, steps must be taken to assure the professional survival of those in this demoralizing work environment who take their work seriously. To a great extent this survival depends upon a sound administration to effectively bring together the diverse interests of today's college community. In-service education programs are also important to compensate for diminishing sabbatical leave and course-auditing opportunities, which have traditionally been the bulwark of professional self-respect and aspiration. In providing such programs, colleges should secure voluntary input from faculty in planning areas to be addressed; allow adequate release time; center programs around the study of relevant primary materials; encourage the design of educational experiments as in-service projects; and encourage participants to exhibit the results of their in-service work to the public. Such programs have been initiated at a number of colleges and provide a feasible means of enhancing professional well-being. (JP)
Descriptors: Administrators, College Administration, College Faculty, Employment Problems, Faculty Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Job Satisfaction, Professional Development, Sabbatical Leaves, Self Esteem, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Morale, Teacher Participation, Two Year Colleges, Work Environment
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Course Auditing
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Community College Humanities Association (Washington, DC, April 21, 1981).