ERIC Number: ED389127
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Aug
Factors That Influence Teacher Attrition.
NSTEP Information Brief, n1 1995
External, employment, and personal factors which influence teacher decisions to stay, leave, or transfer from teaching assignments are discussed, with emphasis on special education teachers. Factors attributed to teacher attrition in urban and rural environments also are briefly reviewed, along with attrition of related services professionals. External factors affecting teachers include economic trends, societal factors such as changing birth rates, and institutional factors. Employment-related variables include professional qualifications, work conditions, work rewards, and commitment. Personal factors encompass demographic, family, and cognitive/affective variables. The following aspects of district or school environments have been found to be associated with teacher attrition: lack of administrative support, lack of collegial and parent support, and insufficient involvement in decision-making. Factors linked to job dissatisfaction among related service professionals (including speech/language pathologists, occupational and physical therapists, and school psychologists) in school settings include salary, inadequate work and/or office space, inadequate equipment or materials, excessive caseloads, limited staff development, and isolation from colleagues. (Contains 17 references.) (SW)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Influences, Job Satisfaction, Labor Turnover, Occupational Mobility, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Rural Schools, Rural Urban Differences, School Psychologists, Special Education Teachers, Speech Therapy, Teacher Background, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Persistence, Teaching Conditions, Therapists, Urban Schools, Work Environment
National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Inc., 1800 Diagonal Road, Suite 320, King Street Station 1, Alexandria, VA 22314 ($5.95).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of State Directors of Special Education, Alexandria, VA.