ERIC Number: ED328542
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
An Examination of Teachers' Attitudes of a Six-Year Career Ladder Program.
Martin, Oneida L.
The primary purpose of this study was to identify factors that might be associated with teachers applying or not applying to the Tennessee Career Ladder Program. The secondary purpose was to determine if teacher evaluation attitudes influence career ladder decisions. Of the experienced teachers (N=101) participating in the study, most had applied for Career Ladder and passed the evaluation. While 69 percent were on Career Level 1, only 12 percent were on Levels 2 and 3. Of the Level 1 teachers, 77 percent were not planning to continue on to the upper levels. Comparative mean scores with teacher evaluation processes used at the state level were lower than mean scores at the local level. Findings indicated teachers' distrust of how state officials function. The teachers did not perceive the local and state evaluations to be congruent with their evaluation purposes, which appeared to explain why so many were not applying for the next step on the Career Ladder. It was concluded that communication between state evaluators and the teachers had been poor. Some teachers who experienced Career Ladder 1 did not want to subject themselves to possible professional indications that they were not qualified for advanced levels. It was concluded that the pay incentives did not improve the teachers' commitment to their profession since they felt that they were already committed. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Tennessee Career Ladder Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, November 14-16, 1990).