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ERIC Number: ED472264
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Pages: 164
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An Investigation of Factors Related to Teacher Retention in Small Rural School Districts in Montana.
Davis, Marsha Smith
A dissertation study identified factors inherent in Montana's smallest schools that attract and retain teachers. Questionnaires were completed by 126 certified elementary teachers in 107 elementary school districts with a student enrollment of 40 students or less. Factors were categorized using the "four spheres of influence": personal/family, within classroom, community, and whole-school. The factor that had the greatest influence on teachers' decisions to accept employment was "enjoy the rural lifestyle." Other factors having considerable influence were "challenge of the teaching position,""safe environment," and "family and/or home is close by.""Relationships with students" was the factor having the greatest influence on their decisions to remain teaching in their present school. Additional factors having considerable influence were "enjoy the rural lifestyle,""support from parents and community," and "safe environment." Categorization by the "four spheres of influence" revealed that the personal/family sphere had the greatest influence on teachers' decisions to accept employment. The community sphere of influence had the greatest influence on teachers' decisions to remain teaching. The whole-school sphere of influence had the least influence on teachers' decisions to accept employment and to remain teaching in their present schools. Nine recommendations for practice and six recommendations for further research are presented. Nine appendices present school district information and survey materials. (Contains 85 references.) (TD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Montana