ERIC Number: ED250832
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Reference Count: 0
Attracting and Retaining Qualified Teachers. An Issue Brief of the Education and Job Training Program.
Harrison, William A.
The problem of attracting and retaining qualified teachers is defined; and the complicating factors, current research, and policy options and implications are outlined in this issue brief. Complicating factors cited range from increased employment opportunities for women and minorities outside the teaching profession to difficulty in objectively measuring teacher performance. Research shows that better respect, status, and working conditions are the most important factors in attracting people to the profession and getting them to stay. Advantages and disadvantages are given for each of 24 policy options that range from increasing all teacher salaries to establishing a merit pay system. Legislators are advised that no single policy is likely to solve a state's problem of recruiting and retaining qualified teachers, but rather, that what is needed are packages of policies that address specific needs and that are able to garner public support for teachers. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Mobility, Labor Turnover, Policy Formation, Professional Recognition, State Action, Teacher Morale, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Supply and Demand, Teaching Conditions, Teaching (Occupation)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Conference of State Legislatures, Washington, DC.