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ERIC Number: ED229869
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Pages: 27
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A Field Study on a Bonus Program to Reduce Teacher Absenteeism.
White, John H.
To discover how teachers feel about a bonus program designed to give stipends to teachers with few absences, the author surveyed teachers in two elementary schools, one an urban school with a heterogeneous student body and the other suburban and homogeneous. By using a questionnaire, information was gathered on (1) standard demographic characteristics, such as amount of teaching experience, marital status of teachers, numbers and general performance level of students in classes, days of sick leave taken, and reasons for sick leave; and (2) the teachers' responses to the establishing of a bonus program. The research found a significant demographic difference between the two schools in the teachers' experience, marital status, number of absences taken, and reasons for taking sick days, but also found generally similar opinions on bonuses. Teachers responded to a proposed bonus program by saying whether they had ever heard of such a program (overall, 71 percent yes), if they would like to see such a program begun in their schools (83 percent yes in the urban school, 60 percent yes in the suburban school), and if the program would reduce teachers' absences (overall, 83 percent yes). Most respondents said that students would benefit most from a bonus program and that the union leadership would probably be interested in such bonuses. The paper concludes by noting possible barriers to be overcome in introducing a bonus program. (JW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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