ERIC Number: ED241526
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Declining Enrollment and the Professional Colleagueship of Teachers.
Phelan, William T.
A study explored teacher responses to prevailing staff reduction criteria and procedures during a period of widespread layoffs. Questions asked by researchers included: (1) If performance evaluations are used, will teachers seek participation in staff employment and assessment decisions? and (2) Will teachers pressure administrators to apply seniority rather than performance criteria? The study investigated teacher preferences on these matters by following a sample of more than 80 schools in 16 Massachusetts school districts. Data were gathered from surveys and interviews with administrators and teachers, supplemented by district documents, local news reports, and personal observation of school board meetings. This paper is divided into three separate parts: (1) "Staff Reductions and Teacher Preferences for Participation in Personnel Decisions"; (2) "Colleague Evaluation and Staff Contraction"; and (3) "Staffing Policies in Times of Retrenchment: Teacher Opinions." Appendices include sampling procedures, survey and interview procedures, and the teacher survey. (Author/JMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Lowell Univ., MA.