ERIC Number: ED064791
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Merit Pay: Problems and Alternatives. Perspective Series No. 2.
Conte, Anthony E.; Mason, Eugene R.
This document, the result of research conducted to resolve some of the confusion surrounding the question of merit pay, synthesizes information and professional opinion about teacher compensation. The material is presented in two major sections, one devoted to the concept of merit pay and the other to a discussion of alternative methods of rewarding outstanding teachers. Within the concept of merit pay are discussed (1) three major additional compensation provisions, (2) merit provisions in historical perspective, (3) principles of merit pay plans, (4) procedures for merit rating and/or evaluation, (5) pro and con arguments regarding merit pay programs, and (6) some successes and failures of merit pay plans. The differentiated teaching staff approach, the teacher incentive plan, and the approved staff plan are examined in depth in a section on alternative reward methods. Study findings reveal that (1) careful teacher preparation and training (implying improvements in the college programs for training new teachers) is necessary before a school can handle the technical and human relationship problems inherent in a thoroughgoing merit program; (2) a merit salary program is feasible only in school systems that have developed approariate objective evaluation procedures; (3) teacher morale, a complex of many factors, is not primarily determined by the salary system, be it merit or nonmerit. Two model salary schedules, one proposed salary schedule, and a 19-item bibliography conclude the presentation. (Author/JF)
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Authoring Institution: New Jersey State Dept. of Education, Trenton. Div. of Research, Planning, and Evaluation.