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ERIC Number: ED569758
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 321
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3039-6038-3
Teacher Attrition Variables That Influence Retention and Job Satisfaction
Butler, Leslie Garmon
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Teacher attrition is a major problem. According to researchers at North Carolina State University, more teachers are leaving the profession than staying or entering. Accordingly, school systems in the United States find themselves in the predicament where they must hire teachers who have little teaching experience or who have not been adequately prepared for the classroom. The purpose of this study was to identify what specific variables were correlated with teacher attrition. Using Maslow's hierarchy of needs as a framework, the attitudes and beliefs of classroom teachers, as well as their attitudes and beliefs toward attrition over the next 5 years, were explored. Through nonrandom sampling, 307 Likert-scale Teacher Attrition Surveys were completed by teachers in a large metropolitan city located within the state of Georgia. Pearson's Product-Moment correlations linked the relationships of the variables to teacher attrition. Findings indicated strong correlations between teacher attrition and working conditions, administrative support, and financial stability. Other correlations were discovered between teacher mentoring, accountability, and teacher preparation/readiness. The results were used to create a training program for Professional Learning Communities. The goal of this study, resulting from the project, was to contribute positively to social change by identifying the framework for effective Professional Learning Communities in order to decrease potential attrition variables and thus constructing a more positive working environment for the local district teachers. [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: Georgia