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ERIC Number: EJ983303
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9441
Reforming the Labour Market for Australian Teachers
Webster, Elizabeth; Wooden, Mark; Marks, Gary
Australian Journal of Education, v50 n2 p185-202 Aug 2006
Although there is a general consensus that teachers are important for student learning, there is little discussion of the process by which teachers are employed by schools: the teacher labour market. We argue, based on a mix of a priori and inductive reasoning, that inflexible attitudes about comparative wages have contributed toward chronic shortages of qualified teachers in specialised teacher labour markets and poor incentives for excellent teachers to remain teaching. Overseas studies indicate that chronic shortages occur because fewer science and mathematics graduates, compared to humanities and social science graduates, are attracted to teaching. Higher wage rates for teachers with scarce skills will alleviate shortages and reduce attrition of the most able teachers. (Contains 12 notes and 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia