ERIC Number: ED165266
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Publication Date: 1978-Nov
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Providing Leadership for Teacher Motivation. The Practitioner, Vol. V, No. 2.
Quinn, Timothy G.
The most prominent component of successful schools is a motivated teaching staff, with the principal as the key. Motivation is an intrinsic drive toward the fulfillment of personal needs and the improvement of one's perceived status. Teachers who are aware of Abraham Maslow's "Hierarchy of Human Needs" are better able to set personal goals and to assist others in setting goals. Motivation deficiency occurs when an individual is completely frustrated in attempting to gratify a specific need. Decrease in national test scores, participation in union-type activities perceived as demeaning, criticism from the general public, and unmet student demands have all contributed to the failure of teachers to fulfill needs of self-esteem. A principal must assume the responsibility of teacher motivation if the fullest potential of both teachers and students is to be realized. The principal must aggressively utilize all his or her influence and talents to create the synergy that comes when the goals of teachers are the same as the goals of the school. Examples are given of efforts made in several school systems to motivate the professional staff. (Author/LD)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Motivation Techniques, Need Gratification, Principals, Program Descriptions, Secondary Education, Secondary School Teachers, Self Actualization, Teacher Motivation
National Association of Secondary School Principals, 1904 Association Drive, Reston, Virginia 22091 ($0.50; quantity discounts; payment must accompany orders of $10.00 or less)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Authoring Institution: National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.