ERIC Number: ED245348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-May
Reference Count: 0
Attracting and Maintaining a Quality Teaching Staff: A Synthesis of Research.
This report synthesizes research on attracting and maintaining quality teachers in a profession increasingly labeled mediocre, reviews pertinent literature, and suggests ways principals can motivate teachers, and makes recommendations for reducing current science and math shortages. Those entering the teaching profession are no longer drawn strictly from the ranks of women and minorities facing traditional career restraints. New teachers enter teaching for reasons ranging from personal growth potential to youth development opportunities. Ironically, competent students may avoid the profession because it lacks economic and prestige incentives. On the other hand, older teachers may remain for positive or negative reasons--often depending on the staff's quality--the best teachers citing intrinsic rewards that make teaching not a job but a calling. Research finds that only when such factors are diminished do extrinsic concerns like salary and working conditions become truly significant. If money is not the prime motivator of teacher excellence, principals can be, if they regard teachers as professionals, for example, and encourage creative instruction. Researchers generally agree on recommendations for professional improvement as a whole. Finally, math and science teacher shortages may at least partially be overcome if certain guidelines are addressed. (KS)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association of California School Administrators.
Note: Prepared by the Research, Evaluation, and Accreditation Committee.