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ERIC Number: EJ883304
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-0002-8312
Teacher Tradeoffs: Disentangling Teachers' Preferences for Working Conditions and Student Demographics
Horng, Eileen Lai
American Educational Research Journal, v46 n3 p690-717 2009
One of the greatest differences in resources across schools in California comes from an inequitable distribution of teachers. This study identifies reasons for this sorting of teachers by surveying 531 teachers in a California elementary school district. The surveys ask the teachers to make choices between various workplace characteristics. With this information, the study disentangles student demographics from other characteristics of teaching jobs that are amenable to policy influences. It finds that teachers identify working conditions--particularly, school facilities, administrative support, and class sizes--and salaries as significantly more important than student characteristics when selecting a school in which to work. (Contains 4 figures, 5 tables and 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California