ERIC Number: ED263073
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Reduction in Force: An Exploratory Study of Suburban Teachers and Implications for Teacher Education.
Darr, Alice Dozier; Bond, Cynthia
A study of 80 teachers who were part of a reduction in force (RIF) effort in a large midwestern city was conducted. The study investigated: (1) characteristics of the RIF'd teachers; (2) reactions to RIF notice; (3) steps taken by teachers to prevent the RIF action; (4) resources used by RIF teachers to seek new positions; and (5) characteristics of RIF teachers that affected their willingness to relocate. The average RIF teacher was 36 years old and had 8.6 years of teaching experience. Teachers were most often angry at the RIF action. Among the 35 percent who tried to prevent the action, the most frequent strategy employed was enrolling in college coursework. Subjects who were married or who considered themselves secondary wage earners were less willing than other teachers to relocate. Positions were most frequently sought for: (1) teaching in another school district; (2) training in business or industry; and (3) management in business or industry. (CB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Teacher Educators (Las Vegas, NV, February, 1985).