Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Frances K. Kochan
Workplace trends refers to aspects of the work environment such as structural arrangements, roles, relationships, procedures, policies, or employment conditions that appear to be undergoing transformation but are not yet fully integrated into the workplace as a whole. The trends may become permanent elements of most workplaces in which the profession or industry operates, may become adopted by a minority of these workplaces, or may be tried in a few of them and then dropped. Workplace trends generally mirror what is occurring within a professional field, industry, or society. In educational settings, these trends are directly related to the social, political, economic, and educational contexts in which they operate. Among the primary influences on the workplace today are the accountability environment; family, societal, and workplace transformations; teacher and administrative shortages; and the technological revolution. In the last few decades, accountability demands on schools have increased, culminating with the national No ...