Opinion: Performance pay for teachers will create a culture of fear and isolation

May 25, 2016

Dr Deborah Netolicky

In the recent federal budget, the government announced a series of education reforms including linking teacher pay to demonstrated competency.

In an article for The Conversation, education researcher Dr Deborah Netolicky, who has just completed her PhD at Murdoch University, argues that linking teacher pay to performance is not supported by evidence and would be damaging.

She says the commodification of teacher performance pits teachers against each other and alienates them creating a culture of fear and isolation rather than growth and collaboration.

Dr Netolicky points to research which shows that a carrot and stick approach results in resistance and crushes creativity in teachers. She also says that measures of teacher effectiveness are unreliable.

To read her full article, click here.

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