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ERIC Number: ED525961
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 209
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1096-3739-7
Veteran Special Education Teachers' Perspectives on Factors that Influenced Them to Remain in the Profession
Brantley, Kimberly M.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Literature indicates a shortage of qualified special educators in schools across the United States. This shortage is likely to grow if current trends of attrition continue. There remains an important gap in the current literature regarding the factors that influence veteran special educators to remain in their profession. This information is important to schools in their efforts to retain these professionals. The purpose of this study was to identify and explore the factors that affect special educators' decisions to remain in their profession. The study relied on the conceptual framework of Bandura's social cognitive theory. The research question that guided this study was "What are the factors that veteran special educators perceive to have influenced them to remain in their chosen field?" Using a qualitative phenomenological design, a purposeful sampling strategy was employed to obtain a sample of 20 veteran special educators from two school systems in central and eastern Georgia. Semi-structured interviews were used to collect data. The data from the interviews with the participants were analyzed using Moustakas' seven-step, modified van Kaam method of phenomenological inquiry. The findings of the study indicated that the participants' perceptions regarding the reasons for remaining in the field of special education were basically centered on a love for helping children with special needs, feeling needed by the students, affecting the children's progress, and finding the job fulfilling. Social change implications of the study include an enhanced comprehension of the factors related to veteran special education teacher retention. The information can also be used to develop improved hiring and training protocols to make the position more attractive, thus decreasing the rate of special education teacher attrition and helping to ensure that school leaders can adequately staff special education positions. [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: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia