Are Teachers Tracked? On what Basis and with what Consequences

  title={Are Teachers Tracked? On what Basis and with what Consequences},
  author={Sean James Kelly},
  journal={Social Psychology of Education},
  • S. Kelly
  • Published 1 March 2004
  • Education
  • Social Psychology of Education
In this analysis I consider Finley's (1984) model of the teacher track assignment process using the 1990–1991 Schools and Staffing Survey, a large national database with a unique measure of teacher course assignments. I test the hypothesis that rather than being random, or based on ascriptive characteristics, teachers are sorted into classrooms based on a combination of legitimate criteria, including seniority, educational credentials, and motivation. I find that this is largely the case, with… 

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