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ERIC Number: ED511726
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
Charter Schools and the Teacher Job Search. Research Brief
Cannata, Marisa
National Center on School Choice, Vanderbilt University (NJ1), Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (2008)
Charter schools have been the subject of much education policy research, particularly related to student achievement, governance, funding, and student composition. Although high-quality teachers are essential for the educational success of any school, much less research exists on charter schools' ability to recruit talented teachers. This study from the National Center on School Choice explored how prospective elementary teachers view charter schools as they enter the labor market, apply for teaching jobs, and decide where to work. Using a framework of labor market segmentation, the study developed a model for understanding the interaction between institutional structures and informal boundaries (such as social networks and preferences for working in a familiar setting) and teachers' job searches. The data examined came from a mixed-methods longitudinal study of prospective elementary teachers from six teacher preparation colleges in the Detroit metropolitan area. Findings reveal that: (1) Few teacher applicants give equal consideration to charter schools and traditional public schools in the job search; (2) Social and institutional contexts influence teacher applicants' familiarity with and openness to working in charter schools; (3) Teacher applicants are confused about whether charter schools are public or private entities; and (4) Teacher applicants who ended up working in charter schools earn lower salaries and are less satisfied with their schools. (Contains 1 footnote.)
National Center on School Choice, Vanderbilt University. Box 459 GPC, 230 Appleton Place, Nashville, TN 37203. Tel: 615-322-8107; Fax: 615-322-8828; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Vanderbilt University, National Center on School Choice
Identifiers - Location: Michigan; Ohio