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ERIC Number: ED398637
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
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Improving Teacher Performance: Toward a Theory of Teacher Motivation.
Despite a century-long history of teacher-incentive programs in the United States, discovering what matters to teachers and how best to motivate them remains a complex puzzle. This paper features a literature review that investigates the motivational dimension of teacher performance and constructs a theory of teacher motivation. The paper concludes that there is a tendency among teachers to overlook the importance of economic rewards and to overemphasize the importance of intrinsic ones. Some social and normative values affect teachers' attitudes toward economic and psychological rewards. The paper identifies three types of rewards--intrinsic, extrinsic, and means--and offers eight propositions toward a general theory of teacher motivation. Eighteen tables are included. (Contains 149 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, April 8-12, 1996).