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ERIC Number: ED388639
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Pages: 10
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Professional Attrition: An Examination of Minority and Nonminority Teachers At-Risk.
Betancourt-Smith, Maria; And Others
There is significant evidence demonstrating the inability of the teaching profession to keep pace with other occupations in the retention of talent. While minority teachers have been found to be especially at risk, many teachers, both minority and nonminority, leave the profession within a few years of entering. The purpose of this study was to compare a profile of minority teachers with nonminority teachers in selected states, and to compare factors previously identified as correlated with attrition to the findings of this study. The 1993 responses (N=600) were compared with those of teachers participating in studies during the 1980s and early 1990s. Participants included early childhood/elementary, middle school, and secondary school teachers in nine states. Findings indicated: (1) single teachers tended to leave the profession entirely whereas married teachers usually moved into other roles in education, such as administration; (2) persons from white-collar families, whose families paid for the majority of college expenses, were more likely to leave than persons from blue-collar families where families did not pay for the majority of college expenses; (3) teachers from blue-collar backgrounds or teachers who had to work their way through college tended to be more satisfied with the profession; (4) secondary school teachers who did not perceive their principal as supportive of creativity, worked in an environment which is culturally different from their own, and did not share a pupil ideology with their colleagues were candidates for leaving. Data from the survey and 15 factors contributing to attrition are presented in three tables and the appendix. (Contains 12 references.) (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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