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ERIC Number: ED524451
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 119
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1244-1936-7
Teacher Perceptions on Stress and Retention
Ages, Valarie D.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Teacher turnover is a costly enterprise for the education profession. Many teachers do not stay in the profession long enough to become experienced in the classroom, which means many students do not have the benefit of learning from an experienced teacher. The conceptual framework of the study was based on Ingersoll's work on teacher turnover. This turnover involves migration from school to school within a district, from district to district, from state to state, and simply leaving the teaching profession. The study investigated the causes and effects of stress in teachers in relation with teacher turnover within a rural school. Qualitative research was used in this study with a pragmatic approach. This combination allowed the researcher to go into the depth of work related stress and its affect on teacher turnover. A sample of 17 interview participants was selected through stratified sampling. Personal interviews were utilized to explore the perception of teachers regarding their job related stress and its affect on teacher turnover. Data analysis involved common themes and codes. This analysis indicated that teachers perceive student discipline, responsibilities, duties, time, materials and resources as causes of stress. The conclusions drawn from the study indicated that although stress was found to be present for the teachers, stress was not an influence on attrition or retention rates. The social change implications of this study contribute to the field of education by providing specific details perceived by teachers as causes of stress and an awareness level among staff and administration. It also provides insight into teachers' perception of what school and district administration could consider as a means of decreasing stress. [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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Language: English
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