ERIC Number: ED430471
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
An Overview of the Sabbatical Leave in Higher Education: A Synopsis of the Literature Base.
Kang, Bai; Miller, Michael T.
This paper reviews the history of sabbatical leave in secondary and postsecondary education, as well as contemporary research on sabbatical leave, and offers some personal narratives of the sabbatical experience. It explains that sabbatical leave programs began at Harvard University in 1880, with professors granted a year of leave at half-pay every seventh year. By the early 1930s, 178 institutions had started this practice. Contemporary research on sabbatical leave suggests that it is a positive tool for enhancing faculty morale; that it allows faculty to study, carry out research, and travel; and that it has a positive impact on the institution. Narratives on the sabbatical have stressed the creative, rewarding nature of the experience; the ability it allows to acquire an advanced degree or a new language; and its rejuvenating effects. It is concluded that sabbatical leaves have a justifiable place in education when viewed as a form of faculty development, and that sabbaticals can make a difference in faculty career life-stages. (Contains 24 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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