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Bruno, James E. – Elementary School Journal, 1986
Presents an analysis of various compensation and incentive options for staffing educational programs with high-quality teachers, particularly at racially isolated schools. Questions the efficacy of merit pay policies and suggests that non-pecuniary benefits such as improved working conditions and more opportunity for advancement are as important…
Descriptors: Compensation (Remuneration), Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Incentives
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Kerchner, Charles T.; Mitchell, Douglas E. – Elementary School Journal, 1986
Reviews present labor statutes and examines three alternatives to current practices; proposes that teaching, by its nature, is not well administered by industrial standards or well adjudicated through industrial unionism. Suggests "professional unionism" as a means of effecting educational reform. (DR)
Descriptors: Collective Bargaining, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Labor Relations
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Barth, Roland S. – Elementary School Journal, 1986
Examines ways principals can make more effective use of their central place in the professionalizing of teaching. Suggests that principals ought to create environments that enable teachers to discover their own skills and talents. Principals' support groups and centers can be helpful in facilitating this process. (DR)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education, Job Satisfaction
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Bird, Tom; Little, Judith Warren – Elementary School Journal, 1986
Finds fault with federal and local attempts to improve and influence the teaching profession. Points out that federal and professional standards are fruitless or counterproductive in the absence of local organizations that can apply them in the classroom. (DR)
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Inservice Teacher Education
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Rosenholtz, Susan J. – Elementary School Journal, 1986
Suggests that the latest calls for educational reform have come from politicians, not educators, and warns that merit pay is an ineffective means of improving the quality of teaching. Points out that career ladders may work well as incentives, but only under carefully regulated conditions. (DR)
Descriptors: Career Ladders, Educational Change, Educational Quality, Elementary Secondary Education
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Darling-Hammond, Linda – Elementary School Journal, 1986
Explores the role of teacher evaluation and suggests ways professionalism might be achieved through the evaluation process. Recommends that peer review might be an important means of defining and enforcing professional standards in teaching. (DR)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods
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Lareau, Annette – Elementary School Journal, 1986
Acknowledges that the content and structure of competency examinations is open to debate. Reviews professional examinations in other fields of expertise such as accounting, law, and medicine, in an effort to establish the value of such examinations in the teaching profession. (DR)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Competence, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria
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Arfin, David M. – Elementary School Journal, 1986
Examines the problem of attracting an adequate supply of high-caliber individuals to the teaching profession. Proposes student aid as an incentive to talented students and investigates prior uses of financial aid as a recruitment device. Recommends the establishment of "Teacher Corps Fellowships" that would use both service-payback and…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Grants, Health Personnel, Higher Education