ERIC Number: ED164883
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Why Vocational Agriculture Teachers in Ohio Leave Teaching. Summary of Research.
Knight, James A.; Bender, Ralph E.
To identify the major reasons why high school vocational agriculture teachers in Ohio left their teaching positions between 1970 and 1975, 134 former teachers and 118 current teachers were surveyed. Former teachers were asked to rank forty-five factors on the extent of influence each factor had on their decision to leave teaching. The five factors which were ranked as the most influential were long range occupational goals were other than teaching vocational agriculture; there were students in class who should not have been in vocational agriculture; inadequate advancement opportunities; long hours; and inadequate salary. An analysis of the relationship between demographic factors and influential factors revealed four findings, two of which are the following: as time spent in supervision of students' occupational experience programs increased, former teachers generally reported student learning difficulties and discipline problems as being less influential in their decision to leave; and the higher the reported salary during the last year of teaching the less influential inadequate salary generally became. In comparing former and current teachers, it was found that the former teachers tended to report lower salaries than the current teachers with whom they were matched. (EM)
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Career Change, Faculty Mobility, Job Satisfaction, Secondary School Teachers, State Surveys, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Employment, Teacher Salaries, Teaching Experience, Vocational Adjustment, Vocational Education Teachers, Work Attitudes
Department of Agricultural Education, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio 43210 (Free while supply lasts)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Dept. of Agricultural Education.