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ERIC Number: ED471218
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul-9
Pages: 36
Abstractor: N/A
Teacher Attrition and Special Education in Alaska.
Starlings, Cable; McLean, Debbie; Moran, Patrick
This study examined reasons for the high level of attrition among special education teachers in Alaska. A survey was sent to a stratified sample of 225 special educators in either remote, rural, or urban locations. Also surveyed were teachers who had removed their special education credentials and teachers who had moved out of state in 2001. A total of 161 surveys were completed. Findings indicate that dissatisfaction with salary, administrative support, job related conditions such as paperwork, collegial support, and working with paraprofessionals were all associated with teacher departures. Results of the study also reveal an aging workforce of special education teachers in Alaska. The study predicts even greater departures from the teaching ranks of special educators due to the combination of working conditions and an aging workforce. The paper presents a detailed analysis of responses to each question. An appendix provides percent responses to each question by different response groups. The survey instrument itself is also appended. (Contains 24 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alaska