The Career Ladder and Lattice: A New Look at the Teaching Career

Chandler, Timothy J. L.; Lane, Stacey L.; Bibik, Janice M.; Oliver, Bernard
January 1988
Journal of Teaching in Physical Education;Jan1988, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p132
Academic Journal
Recent concern over the quality of teachers staffing the nation's schools has prompted widespread development of educational reform packages designed to improve the teaching profession. Stemming from this effort has been the notion that a teaching career must be structured as a career ladder, progressing from informal elementary instructional tasks to full-time responsibilities in the gymnasium. In this paper we discuss some of the assumptions underlying career ladders in order to highlight their strengths and, more particularly, their weaknesses. We suggest that career ladders address not the true needs of teachers but rather the evaluation needs of administrators. As such, career ladders are not a good means of promoting teacher development. We offer the notion of the career lattice as an alternative means of meeting the motivational needs of teachers.


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