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ERIC Number: ED308628
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
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School Based Research To Improve the Quality of the Educational Workplace.
Kershaw, C. A.; And Others
Monetary incentives are not the only variables that attract and hold good teachers. Long-lasting organizational change can only be achieved by manipulating organizational values such as authority structures, reward systems, technology, and environmental relations. To affect both teachers and students, educational reform must include teachers' workplace conditions. Since 1982, a University of Tennessee (Knoxville) research team has been collaborating with U.S. school systems on improving educational workplace quality. This study identifies the workplace conditions affecting the quality of worklife of teachers in 17 demographically diverse schools in the northeastern, southeastern, and midwestern United States and one school system in Nova Scotia. Approximately 1,000 teachers were surveyed and 250 interviewed. Although all the identified variables were seen as important to the teachers in participating schools, most were not being sufficiently satisfied. The pattern of unsatisfied variables differed with each school, underscoring the definition of the individual school as the workplace. Leadership at the school level was found to be a critical factor in teacher work satisfaction. The Quality of Educational Workplace process was found to provide school personnel with specific data based on teacher-identified priorities upon which school improvement plans could be formulated. Included are 61 references and 4 tables. (MLH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada