ERIC Number: EJ757729
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers' Perceptions of Professional Incompetence and Barriers to the Dismissal Process
Menuey, Brendan P.
Journal of Personnel Evaluation in Education, v18 n4 p309-325 Dec 2005
The problem of teacher incompetence is a serious one, affecting large numbers of American public school students. There is a significant discrepancy between estimated rates of incompetent teachers and the number of teachers actually dismissed on grounds of incompetence. This study sought to uncover the perceptions of teachers regarding a definition of professional incompetence, strategies used with incompetent teachers, and barriers to the dismissal process, through the use of a survey with more than 200 elementary school teachers in Virginia and follow-up interviews with seven of these participants. The researcher found that teachers rated classroom behaviors to be the most important factors towards a definition of professional incompetence. The teachers involved also rated the commonness of strategies used with incompetent teachers, placing dismissal among the least common actions taken by administrators, and revealed that they believed union protection, legal and other expenses, and difficulty providing documentation prevented administrators from dismissing incompetent teachers.
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Competencies, Teacher Attitudes, Unions, Administrators, Surveys, Followup Studies, Interviews, Student Behavior
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Virginia