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ERIC Number: ED502154
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 41
Abstractor: ERIC
Waiting to be Won Over: Teachers Speak on the Profession, Unions, and Reform
Duffett, Ann; Farkas, Steve; Rothertham, Andrew J.; Silva, Elena
Education Sector
This report presents the results of a survey of 1,010 K-12 public school teachers about their views on the teaching profession, teachers unions, and various reforms aimed at improving teacher quality. It reveals the challenges teachers see in their profession, including weak evaluation processes and a rigid tenure pay system; how teachers feel about unions, including what they think the union role should be in improving teacher quality; and how teachers feel about a range of reforms, from new evaluation processes to differential pay proposals. The report also compares the views of new teachers and veterans. The survey finds that it is hard to place teachers definitively in any one camp even though advocates on all sides of various issues do just that. As a whole, teachers today are what political analysts might describe as "in play" and waiting to be won over by one side or another. The fluid environment presents both challenges and opportunities for education leaders and policymakers. Appended to this report is the methodology and the National Survey of Public School Teachers. (Contains 21 figures.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Joyce Foundation
Authoring Institution: Education Sector