ERIC Number: ED207180
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jul-23
In Search of Ways to Reduce Unnecessary Teacher Absenteeism.
After suggesting that excessive teacher absenteeism is a growing problem, this paper summarizes research studies investigating teacher absences and makes recommendations based on the findings. The studies correlated teacher absences with a number of variables, including contractual (salary, benefits, and leaves), procedural (absence policy), environmental (working conditions or demographic data), and social (ways employees interact with fellow employees) variables. Recommendations include hiring teachers that research shows are less apt to be absent (those with good attendance records, who live close to work, and who agree with district educational philosophy); devising a credit or payment plan for unused absences; instituting departments or team teaching; maintaining an open school climate; including the teacher's attendance in yearly evaluations; giving attendance awards to teachers; requiring proof of illness; and requiring teachers to report absences to a supervisor. It is warned that each recommendation may have some drawbacks or may not be suitable for all districts. (JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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