ERIC Number: ED231580
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Small District Teacher Study. Executive Summary. Monograph No. 2.
Lewis, Ted; Edington, Everett D.
The study investigates the relationship of small district teacher aspirations, career patterns, residential preferences, biographic characteristics, motivations, and perceptions of organizational and community factors to teacher turnover intentions in selected small districts in New Mexico in the spring 1983. The population studied included 262 full-time teachers employed during the 1982-83 school year in the school districts in New Mexico which had a membership of less than 300 students. A total of 231 responses were received (38% male, 62% female, 20% Hispanic, and 79% Anglo/Non-Hispanic). Using mobility intent as the variable, the following was indicated: 75% intended to teach in their present districts during the following year, 11% intended to leave the districts, and 15% were undecided (52% of the respondents were 100% sure of their intentions). A significant relationship was found between mobility intent and marital status, career goal, and location of previous service in other districts. Recommendations include that administrators wishing to reduce turnover rates should: recruit teachers with community ties or those who would be likely to develop positive ties; and consider the prospective teachers' career goals. (AH)
Descriptors: Anglo Americans, Career Planning, Community Satisfaction, Faculty Mobility, Family Influence, Females, Hispanic Americans, Life Style, Males, Marital Status, Quality of Life, Rural Schools, School District Size, Small Schools, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Motivation, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Selection, Teacher Transfer
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Mexico State Univ., Las Cruces. Center for Rural Education.
Identifiers: New Mexico