ERIC Number: ED350271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
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Why Did We Choose Teaching Careers and What Will Enable Us To Stay? Recruitment and Retention Insights from One Cohort of the African-American Teaching Pool.
King, Sabrina Hope
This paper examines factors which may impact on recruitment and retention of members of the African-American teaching pool. Data were gathered through questionnaires and interviews administered to prospective and beginning teachers (N=41) to determine background characteristics, reasons for entering the teaching profession, experiences in teacher education programs, actual experiences in student teaching and teaching, and how long they intended to stay in the profession. Results suggest that: (1) recruitment strategies should include reasons for pursuing a teaching career, such as the desire to be a role model, the poor conditions affecting minority communities, and an overall commitment to making a difference in the lives of young people; and (2) efforts should be targeted at the grade school, high school, undergraduate and graduate levels, and also at situations where African-Americans may be working in unsatisfactory careers. Retention requires the profession to listen to the ideas and voices of those African-Americans currently teaching with respect to necessary reforms and strategies to recruit other African-Americans into teaching and retain them once they are there. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: African Americans
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).