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ERIC Number: ED523618
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 161
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-0127-0
Special Education Teacher Tenacity: The Leadership and Commitment of Those Who Stay in the Field
Shea, Marilyn
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Antioch University
Those who choose to teach special education have accepted some of the most challenging jobs teaching has to offer. Unfortunately for their students, almost half of special education teachers leave the profession within their first five years (Singer, 1992). Finding and keeping qualified special education teachers in positions working with more challenging students has become a national problem. Through qualitative interviews, this study examines the stories of 14 Colorado special educators. These teachers have demonstrated their commitment to the field by teaching for four or more years. Their stories give valuable insight into the issue of teacher commitment in difficult conditions. The results are presented as a series of thematic reflections, both by the participants and by the author. The electronic version of this dissertation is at OhioLink ETD Center, [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
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado