ERIC Number: ED238231
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
Special Education Personnel Attrition in Kansas, 1976 to 1982: A Summary of Attrition Rates and an Analysis of Reasons for Quitting.
The study was intended to determine how many special education personnel in Kansas were not returning each year and their reasons for leaving. Attrition tables were developed for each school district and for the total state via analysis of computer data tapes for the years 1976-1983. Reasons for termination were analyzed from the viewpoints of special education directors as well as of personnel. Extensive statistical data are reported showing local and state attrition rates. Rates were relatively constant for the five years from 1977 to 1982. Rates are presented for 24 categories, including adaptive physical education, administration, gifted, and early childhood education. Problems in data analysis are noted. Sections 2 and 3 report data on reasons for termination and on the individuals' willingness to return to special education. Family relocation (including moving, maternity and marriage) was the largest category cited as reason for leaving. Of those personnel citing many reasons for not returning, lack of administrator support and paperwork burdens were frequently reported as major problems. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (ED), Washington, DC. Div. of Personnel Preparation.
Authoring Institution: Emporia State Univ., KS.
Note: Developed through the Center for Educational Research and Service, School of Education and Psychology for the Kansas Regent Institutions Special Project (KRISP).