ERIC Number: ED211524
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
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The Effects of Teacher Tenure on the Education Profession: A Societal and Professional Concern of the Eighties.
Concerns continue to be expressed as to how effective tenure has been in influencing the overall continued effectiveness of teachers who receive this permanent status. Teacher tenure is considered essential for protection of the teacher from capricious and arbitrary dismissal. However, there is concern about the lack of incentive to improve professionally after receiving tenure, the failure of teacher organizations to effectively police their members, and the difficulty of removing an incompetent teacher. A survey was conducted by questionnaire and interview among teachers, school board members, and administrators from 20 school districts to determine their attitudes on the effects of teacher tenure on: (1) the teaching profession; (2) the individual teacher; (3) the student; (4) the dismissal of incompetent teachers; and (5) personnel administration. It is concluded that there exists a serious lack of communication, understanding, and agreement among board members, teachers, and administrators on the effects and benefits of tenure on the education profession. Recommendations are made for improving understanding and cooperation between these groups. (JD)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Boards of Education, Elementary School Teachers, Professional Recognition, School Policy, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Dismissal, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Employment, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Morale, Tenure
Not available separately; see SP 019 382.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Symposium "Education and Contemporary America" of the Boise State University School of Education (2nd, Boise, ID, October 8-10, 1981).