ERIC Number: ED227549
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Building Morale. Motivating Staff: Problems and Solutions. AASA Critical Issues Report.
Brodinsky, Ben; Neill, Shirley Boes, Ed.
To help school administrators, an introduction and 12 chapters analyze employee morale and motivation and provide both experts' and practitioners' suggestions on how to improve them. The information was gathered from a national questionnaire survey of over 300 educational leaders, school visits, telephone interviews, correspondence, and a literature search. The introduction summarizes the information; notes the importance of shared governance, inservice education, and evaluation for teacher morale; and discusses management theory, administrator responsibility for morale, and merit pay. Chapters 1-3 give administrators', teachers', and researchers' views, respectively, on actions that raise or lower morale. Chapter 4 enumerates four business mistakes for education to avoid and explains Japanese quality circles. Six case studies of district morale building are recounted in chapter 5, while chapter 6 profiles 12 districts where morale was rated excellent. Chapter 7 offers a 12-item instrument for determining a district's organizational health. In chapter 8 an educational researcher advocates the "win-win" approach to conflict management. Chapter 9 presents characteristics and case studies of effective inservice teacher education. Chapters 10 and 11 suggest ways to improve administrator-teacher communication and teacher evaluation plans. The final chapter offers a sampling of 19 superintendents' observations on morale. (RW)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Role, Case Studies, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines, Inservice Teacher Education, Job Satisfaction, Measurement Techniques, Participative Decision Making, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Morale, Teacher Motivation
Publications, American Association of School Administrators, 1801 North Moore Street, Arlington, VA 22209 ($11.95; quantity discounts; orders of $15.00 or less must be prepaid and accompanied by $1.50 postage).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: Education News Service, Sacramento, CA.
Note: Number 12 in the AASA Critical Issues Series. Section and subtitles in red ink may reproduce poorly.