Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Norman L. Boyles
Ross A. Engel
There were three primary purposes of the study. The first was to determine teachers' opinions of alternative compensation plans including: (a) reward components, (b) evaluation components, and (c) overall type of plan. The six types of plans studied were: "Merit Pay with Salary Schedule", "Merit Pay Without Salary Schedule", "Monetary Incentives", "Nonmonetary Incentives", "Career Ladders", and "Supplemental Pay". The second purpose was to determine whether teachers with certain characteristics differ in their ratings of alternative compensation plans from teachers with other characteristics. The third purpose was to determine whether teachers' ratings of alternative compensation plans change after the development of their districts' plans;The data for this study were gathered during the 1987-1988 school year from 366 teachers in 45 Iowa school districts. A pretest survey was administered prior to the development of district alternative compensation plans. A posttest survey was administered following the development of district plans;The study yielded the following findings: (a) teachers preferred reward and evaluation components which stressed professional growth; (b) the teacher characteristics which were significant factors in teachers' ratings of alternative compensation plans were: (i) Number of professional courses or workshops taken per year; (ii) Attitude toward change in the work setting; (iii) Self-perception as a teacher; (iv) Gender; (v) Interaction of gender and grade level taught; (c) teachers who participated in the development of their district's plans rated "Merit Pay With Salary Schedule" and "Monetary Incentives" higher on the posttest than on the pretest; (d) teachers who did not participate in the development of their district's alternative compensation plans rated "Nonmonetary Incentives" and "Supplemental Pay" higher on the posttest than on the pretest.
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Donna Kay Wilkin
Wilkin, Donna Kay, "A study of teachers' opinions of alternative compensation plans " (1988). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 8902.