ERIC Number: ED550478
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
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African American Male Elementary Teachers' Perceptions on Factors That Influence Their Retention and Attrition: A Qualitative Study
Walker, Lemanski Chante'
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Southern Mississippi.
The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe and explore American male elementary teachers' perceptions on factors that contribute to decisions to remain in or exit the teaching field, specifically elementary education. Ten African American male elementary teachers participated in the study. The theory from this study was the Motivation-Hygiene theory (Herzberg, Mausner, & Snyderman, 2010). The study was conducted on the basis of Phenomenology with the use of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs (Maslow, 1954). Research yielded African American males' perceptions. Data were collected consisting of one on one interviews. The interview data were analyzed and collected using Colaizzi's (1978) method. Analysis revealed three emergent themes: role model, recruiting, and financial aspect. Sub-themes were: representation, commitment, mentoring, preparation, work conditions, and career options. Emergent themes were supported by sub-themes. Recommendations for future research included using the present qualitative study to compare African American male retention and attrition data to other genders and ethnicities. [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.]
Descriptors: African American Teachers, Males, Elementary School Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Persistence, Faculty Mobility, Role Models, Faculty Recruitment, Mentors, Career Choice, Qualitative Research, Phenomenology
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
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