Capstone/Dissertation Title

Merit pay in Minnesota: teachers' perceptions of quality compensation

Term

2012

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAT

Abstract

The research question addressed in this capstone is, how do aspects of merit pay implementation influence teachers' instructional practice and their perceptions of these programs? The author includes a history of teacher pay scales and an analysis of common arguments for and against merit pay systems for teachers. This capstone includes qualitative analysis of twelve interviews with teachers and administrators, and a staff survey that took place at two research sites that operate the Quality Compensation for Teachers (Q Comp) program. The author compares and contrasts the differences in design and teachers' perceptions of the program at the two sites. Additionally, this capstone offers suggestions to improve the programs at both sites and proposes future research projects.

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