ERIC Number: ED430300
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
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The Role of the Head Teacher (School Principal) in Addressing the Problem of Incompetent Teachers.
Wragg, E. C.; Haynes, G. S.; Wragg, C. M.; Chamberlin, R. P.
This paper describes part of a Teaching Competence Project in which a national sample of head teachers (principals) in England supplied information about their experiences with incompetent instructors. The information was gained through interviews and questionnaires, which focused on the head teachers' experiences and roles in dealing with incompetent teachers. Questionnaires were sent to 3,017 primary and secondary head teachers. Responses were received from 1,966 heads. In addition to the questionnaires, 60 primary and secondary head teachers were interviewed. Findings revealed no single end result to allegations of incompetence. When head teachers were asked to describe what had eventually happened to the cases that were not current they reported a dozen different outcomes. In 80 percent of the cases, however, the teacher left the school for one reason or another. The largest single outcome was early retirement. The second largest group of those who left were teachers who resigned, most frequently to take a job in another school or to leave the profession altogether. The paper looks at ways the process for dealing with incompetent teachers may be improved, what heads might do differently, the need for training in dealing with incompetence, and the constraints in dealing with this particular problem. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)