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ERIC Number: ED520890
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 159
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1242-2116-8
Start: Supporting, Training, and Retaining Teachers
Davis, James Victor, II.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of North Carolina at Charlotte
The literature on teacher retention is abundant, yet the focus on new teachers themselves is limited. This research study provides a detailed description of what beginning teachers reported made them want to stay at one middle school with a 100% teacher retention rate over four consecutive years. This study employed qualitative methodology. Participants in this case study were all public school teachers who worked at a middle school in the southeastern United States. A case study research design was used to solicit feedback from beginning teachers about administrative efforts which made them want to stay at this school, during a time when many new teachers chose to leave the profession. The study employed semi-structured interviews with novice teachers, semi-structured interviews with mentor teachers, and journaling for new teachers. The results of this case study showed the administrative efforts at one middle school which led to a 100% teacher retention rate, as reported by beginning teachers themselves. The main findings of this study were: (1) beginning teachers reported that having an administrator who cares for you did impact their decision to stay at this school in particular; (2) new teachers reported feeling as though they had a voice that is heard by administration which had a positive impact on their retention; (3) novice teachers reported that being treated like a professional by administrators impacted their choosing to stay at this school. Implications and recommendations are provided in regard to the successful retention of beginning classroom teachers. [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: Middle Schools
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States