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Motivating Teachers to Improve Instruction Motivating teachers to improve instruction In the last two decades of education reform, teachers have been viewed as central to both the problems of education and their solutions.
Education researchers and school leaders have faced the challenge of motivating teachers to high levels of performance.
Because of this organizational structure, teachers are difficult to supervise, do not receive regular feedback from others, and often find it hard to collaborate.
Perhaps as a result of these circumstances, the research also shows that many good teachers leave teaching in the first three years Frase Clearly, education leaders need to find ways to keep teachers in the profession and keep them motivated.
A motivated teacher, as described here, is one who not only feels satisfied with his or her job, but also is empowered to strive for excellence and growth in instructional practice. This issue looks at teacher motivation and considers how it has been treated historically, how it is affected by external and internal factors, and how new directions in professional development, teacher evaluation, new teacher induction and school reform are currently creating opportunities for more effective teacher motivation.
Merit pay and career ladders were intended to provide financial incentives, varied work, and advancement opportunities for seasoned teachers. These, along with across-the-board pay raises, work environment premiums for difficult assignments, and grants or sabbaticals for research and study, were expected to improve teacher performance and motivation.
According to Johnsonmeasures developed to boost teacher motivation are based on three theories of motivation and productivity: Individuals are more likely to strive in their work if there is an anticipated reward that they value, such as a bonus or a promotion, than if there is none.
Individuals are dissatisfied if they are not justly compensated for their efforts and accomplishments. Workers are more productive when their work is varied and challenging. The first two theories are justification for merit pay and career ladders, and the third suggests differentiated staffing, use of organizational incentives, and reform-oriented staff development.
Merit Pay The idea of merit pay has a straightforward appeal: Some researchers have warned, however, that merit pay may change the relationships between teachers and students: Another concern is that merit pay plans may encourage teachers to adjust their teaching down to the program goals, setting their sights no higher than the standards Coltham Odden and Kelley reviewed recent research and experience and concluded that individual merit and incentive pay programs do not work and, in fact, are often detrimental A number of studies have suggested that merit pay plans often divide faculties, set teachers against their administrators, are plagued by inadequate evaluation methods, and may be inappropriate for organizations such as schools that require cooperative, collaborative work Lawler However, many of these programs have faltered for largely the same reasons that merit pay plans have failed - unanticipated costs, teacher opposition, inadequate evaluation methods, and dissension Freiberg They were meant to provide external incentives - financial rewards, advancement opportunities, workplace variety - but did not adequately resolve the problem of teacher satisfaction.
Frase offers one reason why measures relying on external rewards have been insufficient. There is overwhelming research evidence, he says, that teachers enter teaching to help young people learn, that their most gratifying reward is accomplishing this goal, and that the work-related factors most important to teachers are those that allow them to practice their craft successfully see also Frase ; Lortie ; Mitchell, Ortiz, and Mitchell Work Context Factors Work context factors are those that meet baseline needs.
In general, context factors clear the road of the debris that block effective teaching. In adequate supply, these factors prevent dissatisfaction. But these factors may not have an extended motivational effect or lead to improved teaching.
For example, a survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics found that teacher compensation, including salary, benefits, and supplemental income, showed little relation to long-term satisfaction with teaching as a career NCES According to Frasecontent variables are the crucial factor in motivating teachers to high levels of performance.
Work Content Factors Work content factors are intrinsic to the work itself.Dylan is a high school math teacher in Leadville, Colorado, and previously taught middle school math in Boston. He earned his master’s degree from the . Based on these findings, UNESCO, pursuing its mission to support countries in achieving quality education for all, has launched a comprehensive set of regional comparative review of policies and practices on school leadership, as a very first step of an applied research to produce and share.
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