ERIC Number: ED258329
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
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Nonreturning First Year Teachers: A Profile.
Clayton, W. Donald; Wilson, Edward S.
The purpose of this study is to identify the causes of first year teacher attrition and compile a profile of first year teacher drop-outs. Of 138 beginning teachers who returned a questionnaire concerning their reasons for not returning to their first-year teaching positions in Alabama's public elementary and secondary schools, 47.2 percent left the profession entirely (43.1 percent for personal reasons and 56.9 percent for job-related reasons) and the remaining 52.8 percent changed school systems (38.5 percent for personal reasons and 61.5 percent for job-related reasons). Among both groups, those reporting personal reasons for leaving their positions reported having better relationships with their colleagues and supervisors than did those reporting job-related reasons for leaving. Relocation due to marriage was the major personal reason given for changing systems, having children the major personal reason for leaving education, and being dismissed the major job-related reason for both changing systems and leaving education. Colleagues were identified as those most understanding of first-year teachers' problems. Satisfactory orientation experiences were reported by 52 percent of the first-year teachers who changed systems, but by only 40 percent of those who left education. (PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama