ERIC Number: ED365499
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Retaining Teachers in Rural Schools: Satisfaction, Commitment, and Lifestyles.
Boylan, Colin; And Others
This paper examines attitudes of longtime teachers toward teaching and living in rural communities in New South Wales (Australia). The findings are part of a 2-year study of 1100 teachers with at least 6 years experience in their schools. Over 90 percent of the teachers indicated that they were satisfied with their jobs; about two-thirds indicated fairly high to very high satisfaction. Half cited pupil relationships as their greatest source of satisfaction, while 42 percent considered work related matters their greatest source of dissatisfaction. Almost all respondents expressed commitment to continue teaching; 18 percent said their commitment had increased, while 29 percent said it had decreased. About 74 percent said that they were unlikely or extremely unlikely to leave teaching in the next 5 years. Among those likely to leave, work-related reasons accounted for about two-thirds. About two-thirds of teachers felt that their community appreciated its teachers and was committed to improving rural education. Respondents were split as to whether or not the community viewed its teachers as "local." Asked about the rural lifestyle, respondents generally cited small, caring, safe communities as a good place to raise children but lacking in cultural, health, and higher education facilities. A model for teacher retention is presented, encompassing classroom, school, community, and family factors. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Australia (New South Wales); Teacher Community Relationship
Note: In: Rural Education Issues: An Australian Perspective. Key Papers Number 3; see RC 019 452.