ERIC Number: ED306971
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Faculty Self-Esteem: The 4th Governance Paradigm.
O'Hara, Leonard F.
School and college officials should make it clear that they believe that faculty self-esteem is the central variable in student learning. A plan for better learning through better treatment of teachers would include the following steps: (1) announce that the institution intends to create conditions that will enhance the professional self-esteem of its teachers; (2) ask the teachers what needs to be done; (3) keep the teachers informed by publishing lists of issues that come out of group discussions and by preparing an in-house newsletter; (4) make honesty, integrity, consistency, and even-handed treatment the hallmarks of all dealings with faculty; (5) bring teachers into the budget-building process; (6) recognize teachers as the authorities in classroom matters; (7) free teachers as much as possible from the peripheral duties that draw their energies away from teaching; (8) provide faculty with opportunities for professional renewal and growth; and (9) involve teachers in institutional goal setting and the measurement of goal attainment. Having accomplished each step, the school need only review, refine, and repeat them and the staff will get a bonus--an exciting, enjoyable place to work. (AYC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (69th, Washington, DC, March 29-April 1, 1989).