ERIC Number: ED336279
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr-8
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An Assessment of Factors Related to the Attrition and Retention of Science and Mathematics Teachers in Kansas.
Wright, Emmett L.; Nassar, Ita
A significant problem for many schools in the United States is the shortage of qualified mathematics and science teachers entering the profession; this, in turn, is having an adverse effect on the quality of education. The purpose of this study was to survey the 320 mathematics and science education graduates (40% responded) from Kansas State University (KSU), from the years 1975-1988, in order to determine the factors that may have contributed to their leaving or never entering the teaching profession. In addition, the survey provided information for the College of Education at KSU to consider in its efforts to improve the teacher education program. Included is an introduction, methodology, conclusion, recommendations to KSU, and recommendations for further studies. (The document includes 16 tables and 15 references.) (KR)
Descriptors: Career Choice, College Mathematics, College Science, Higher Education, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Teachers, Science Education, Science Teachers, Secondary Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Employment, Teacher Expectations of Students, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Salaries, Teacher Shortage
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Lake Geneva, WI, April 7-10, 1991).