ERIC Number: ED047857
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Morale and Teacher Separation and Retention in Bureau of Indian Affairs Schools.
Letchworth, George A.
Morale may vary along a continuum ranging from dissatisfaction and decline in performance to a point where the individual severs the employee relationship. The present study investigated those factors that differentiate between first-year teachers who remain for a second year and those who resign after 1 year of employment with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Schools. The underlying theoretical model was of a cultural-role and dissonance variety. Those individuals who had the most incongruency in areas related to their work environments were the most likely to terminate employment. Termination of employment was also related to dominant career patterns. A pretest-posttest design was used, and data were collected by means of questionnaires and structured interviews. Analysis of questionnaires and interviews focused upon isolating those items that discriminated between the teachers who remained for a second year and those who resigned after 1 year. Additional analyses were performed on the data, investigating sociological and ecological variables. Personal, sociological, and ecological variables related to teacher mobility were isolated. The discriminating variables were discussed in light of their implications for further research on teacher morale. (Author/EL)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Cooperative Research Program.
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Note: Paper presented to the American Educational Research Association, New York, February 1971