ERIC Number: ED348195
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Teachers' Duration of Placement in Three Queensland Regions: A Discussion Paper.
This paper examines the tenure of teachers in the South Western, North Western, and Sunshine Coast regions of Australia. These regions provide contrasts of isolation, climate, and apparent attractiveness. Research indicates that rapid teacher turnover in rural areas is a significant concern. Data collected since 1975 suggest that the average days of teacher service do not differ significantly across the three regions; however, teacher length of service was greater for the Sunshine Coast region when compared to the other regions. Teachers' average ages by gender on arrival and departure are older in the Sunshine Coast region, reflecting some returned teachers in the region. Data on applications for interregional transfer indicate that 16 percent of North Western and almost 16 percent of South Western teachers request transfers. The most sought-after region is the Metropolitan East with the Sunshine Coast being the second most popular preference of transfer. This study concludes that: (1) rural schools do not necessarily experience reduced educational outcomes as a result of higher teacher turnover; (2) larger urban schools may show deficits in the quality of student-teacher relationships even with lower teacher turnovers; (3) 2-3 year periods of service in rural schools are not necessarily disadvantageous educationally, as the enthusiasm of younger teachers may outweigh the advantage of longer-serving teachers; and (4) coastal/urban schools' teacher turnover rates seem higher than publicly perceived. (LP)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia (Queensland); Isolation (Geographic)
Note: In: Cameron, Jim M. R., Ed.; Griffith, Dennis A., Ed. Education, Equity, and the Crisis in the Rural Community. Proceedings of the Rural Education Research Association Conference (Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia, February 1992); see RC 018 770.