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ERIC Number: ED440925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Nov
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Where Are the Teachers? A Policy Report on Teacher Attendance in the Pacific Region.
Uehara, Denise L.
This report makes policy implementers and educators aware of the importance of work attendance and its relation to student outcomes. It also encourages policymakers to better implement and supplement existing policies through different strategy options. The focus is on the Pacific region. Rather than recommending a punitive approach, the report offers research-based recommendations that focus on incentive-based systems in which intrinsic and extrinsic rewards are the keys to encouraging teacher attendance. Section 1 discusses what research says about teacher attendance, student attendance, and student achievement. Section 2 focuses on teacher absenteeism in the Pacific region, explaining that the absenteeism rate there is significantly higher than the U.S. national average. Section 3 looks at personnel leave policies in the Pacific region. Section 4 discusses policy implementation in culturally diverse settings. Section 5 examines promising practices in implementing teacher attendance policies (e.g., use incentives to improve teacher attendance, solicit teacher participation in policy planning, and allow unlimited accumulation of sick days). Section 6 highlights 13 recommendations for addressing teacher absenteeism. Three appendixes present data on teacher absences in the Pacific region and a sample operational plan for improving teacher attendance. (Contains 27 references.) (SM)
Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, 1099 Alakea Street, 25th Floor, Honolulu, HI 96813. Tel: 808-441-1300; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, Honolulu, HI.
IES Cited: ED555740