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ERIC Number: ED520887
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 181
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-0394-5
Square Peg in a Round Hole: Out-of-Field Teaching and Its Impact on Teacher Attrition
Olmos, Frank
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of California, Irvine and California State University, Los Angeles
Out-of-field teaching is a national occurrence that has not had extensive examination in relation to teacher retention and attrition. Using a nationally representative sample of secondary public school teachers, (N =770) taken from the 2003-2004 Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) and the 2004-2005 Teacher Follow-up Survey (TFS) datasets, the current study analyzed whether and why out-of-field teachers were more likely to leave their teaching positions or professions. The study employed multistage multinomial logistic regression to measure the likelihood of out-of-field teachers either changing schools or leaving the teaching profession. Path analysis measured the ways in which out-of-field teaching influenced other factors related to teacher retention. Results revealed that out-of-field teachers were more likely to leave the teaching profession. Results also revealed that teachers with higher levels of self-efficacy had positive direct and indirect effects on teachers that stayed in their schools and profession. The results of this study could provide valuable information for policy makers and administrators to increase teacher retention and understand the additional consequences out-of-field teaching has on their schools. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)