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ERIC Number: EJ888664
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Performance Pay and Teacher Motivation: Separating Myth from Reality
Hulleman, Chris S.; Barron, Kenneth E.
Phi Delta Kappan, v91 n8 p27-31 May 2010
This article draws on research from outside of education to evaluate some common myths about performance pay and to consider future directions for designing and evaluating performance pay systems in K-12 education. The five common myths surrounding performance pay include: (1) Performance pay systems improve performance; (2) Performance pay systems enhance teacher motivation; (3) Effective performance pay systems are relatively free from adverse side effects; (4) Performance pay won't work because teachers are already motivated and working as hard as they can; and (5) Performance pay, like other effective business strategies, should be applied to K-12 education. The authors conclude by encouraging educators, researchers, and policy makers to include measures of well-being when considering performance pay programs. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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