ERIC Number: ED417159
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Predictors of Retention, Transfer, and Attrition of Special and General Education Teachers: Data from the 1989 Teacher Followup Survey. Working Paper Series.
Boe, Erling E.; Bobbitt, Sharon A.; Cook, Lynne H.; Whitener, Summer D.; Weber, Anita L.
This paper presents 1989 National Center for Education Statistics data on public school special education and general education teacher retention, transfer, and attrition. The study examined teachers in 1987-1988 who, in the next year, either remained as teachers in the same school, transferred to a different public school, or left public school teaching. Data came from national probability samples of the 1987-1988 Schools and Staffing Survey and its longitudinal component, the Teacher Followup Survey of 1988-1989. Results indicated only a modest potential to reduce the attrition of special education teachers in efforts to improve retention of teachers at the school level. However, the study found that teacher retention could be improved by reduction in the rate of transfer of teachers to other schools. No single predictor variable alone showed the potential to improve teacher retention dramatically, but in combination, they showed significant potential. A combination of teacher characteristic variables relevant to hiring decisions and a combination of school variables relevant to employment conditions were found to improve teacher retention. The two appendixes present (1) a technical supplement with data sources, teacher definitions, and analysis procedures and (2) a table of results. (Contains 14 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Secondary Education, Labor Turnover, Public School Teachers, Public Schools, Secondary School Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Transfer, Teaching Conditions
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, National Center for Education Statistics, 555 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Room 400, Washington, DC 20208-5652.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. Graduate School of Education.