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ERIC Number: ED315380
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
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The Teaching Profession: Who Stays and Who Leaves?
Marlow, Leslie; Hierlmeier, Ruthann McCormick
This study investigated the relationship between the profiles of the current west central Florida classroom teacher and the "Likely Leaver" candidate in order to make recommendations addressing the combination of factors which lead to teacher attrition. Data were gathered from a random survey of Florida elementary, middle, and secondary teachers. The number of factors which indicated dissatisfaction and the characteristics identified by literature were tallied for each respondent to determine the possibility of that respondent's projected attrition. Factors identifying the typical "Likely Leaver" fell into two categories, demographic and attitudinal. Approximately half of the respondents were found to be "Leaver" candidates in the demographic category who felt that "the business world" offered greater intellectual stimulation. Dissatisfaction in the attitudinal factors reflected: (1) negative student attitudes and discipline problems; (2) disappointment and stress; (3) low salaries; (4) poor working condition; and (5) little professional recognition. Recommendations are made for improving the demographic area with more rigorous screening of teacher candidates and, in the attitudinal area, improving the existing atmosphere of the school environment. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida