ERIC Number: ED199828
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Merit Pay. Research Action Brief Number 15.
ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.
Merit pay programs are based on the simple idea that educators should be paid what they are worth; yet these programs face a host of practical problems, mostly centering on the difficulties of developing and administering such systems. A review of research shows that money may not be the best way to motivate teachers, who are more influenced by the intrinsic rewards of teaching. A report by the Educational Research Service suggests that merit pay programs often prove unworkable. Taken as a whole, the research in the area points most emphatically to a single conclusion about merit pay; its potential rewards are uncertain and it should be adopted, if at all, with a good deal of care. Evaluations must be made by several persons working with specific, multifaceted, and clearly articulated guidelines. Merit raises should not be reserved for a few superior teachers but must reward all who achieve a specific objective. Plans should be considered that reward teachers with praise or recognition rather than money, and schools should help create systems that foster more satisfying work experiences for teachers. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Administrators, Evaluation Methods, Incentives, Literature Reviews, Merit Pay, Program Implementation, Rewards, Self Esteem, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Motivation, Teacher Salaries, Teachers
ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403 (free).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.