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ERIC Number: ED545664
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 138
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2675-8634-6
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Secondary Teacher Attrition: An Analysis of Employment and Departure Trends at a Large Teacher Education Institution
Munson-Dryer, Molly
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Illinois State University
This study examined the employment and attrition rates of all secondary teacher education candidates who graduated from Illinois State University between 1996 and 2005. This project examined the impact of content preparation area along with other variables on the potential for initial employment in Illinois public schools as well as the likelihood of persistence in the profession. Although the phenomenon of teacher attrition has been widely identified, this project fills an important gap in the research literature. With a review of over 3,700 graduates in 21 secondary content programs, this project helps to establish the big picture of employment and persistence of secondary education graduates. Findings of this study indicate that the selection of major is a significant predictor of both employability and of persistence in the profession. Armed with this data, secondary education programs may wish to change their admission procedures and/or to increase their level of mentoring in the field. These findings invite additional research to explore the reasons why teachers leave in some secondary fields more often than in others. As the calls for accountability continue to grow, this research provides useful data for secondary programs to consider across the nation. [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: http://www.proquest.com/en-US/products/dissertations/individuals.shtml.]
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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: Illinois