Theorie und Praxis - Theoretical and Practical Dimensions
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Jonas Dautaras, Aldona Trainien School Leaders’ Approach to Teacher Incentive Introduction Today’s economic growth in the country and competitiveness in the global economy highly depend on the rapid development of the knowledge society, full use of the human resource potential. It is therefore very important to reveal edu- cators’ opportunities, skills, to make educators active, proactive and willing to improve. Here, the major role falls on the leaders of the educational organiza- tions. Moreover, the success of the school activity depends on their correct un- derstanding of motivation and the evaluation of the staff’s needs. Modern school management is “the unit of planning, organization, motivation, coordination and control” (8, p. 40). Teacher encouragement is one of the most important functions of the school leaders. After the country regained its independ- ence, teachers were eager for change, therefore there were no problems with the stimulation of their motivation. And only since the year 2000 schools need to be- gin creating teacher incentive systems because the previous experience of the teachers becomes less significant and the understanding and implementation of the new paradigm is not as effective as it is desired. Although each person’s motivation to one or another activity is personal and unique, there are still certain patterns that allow identifying motif groups and cre- ating staff incentive systems. These systems allow institutions to retain employees and they encourage them to work effectively. Education leaders’ attention and cost devoted to increase teacher motivation always pay off and the teachers re- main...
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