ERIC Number: EJ1085953
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 62
Is the Grass Greener? Current and Former Music Teachers' Perceptions a Year after Moving to a Different School or Leaving the Classroom
Hancock, Carl B.
Journal of Research in Music Education, v63 n4 p421-438 Jan 2016
This study is the fourth in a series investigating the retention and turnover of music teachers using nationally representative data from the National Center for Educational Statistics. I identified records for music teachers in the Teacher Follow-Up Survey and determined how they viewed their careers one year after moving to a different school or leaving teaching altogether. The most important reason teachers cited for leaving and connections between post-teaching career status and a willingness to return to teaching were also examined. Results indicated transferring music teachers experienced numerous improvements to their professional careers, including making a difference in others, working at a school with better operating conditions, and feeling a sense of personal accomplishment, intellectual challenge, and support. Music teachers transferred mainly because of school personnel actions, a desire for a better assignment, and dissatisfaction with administrators and working conditions. Former music teachers experienced improved opportunities for advancement, manageable workloads, and work/life balance. Personal reasons, college enrollment, staffing actions, and retirement were principal motivations for leaving. Only 1% of former music teachers were dissatisfied with teaching as a career compared to 5% of non--music teachers. The willingness of former teachers to return was related to their career status.
Descriptors: Music Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Music Education, Family Work Relationship, Faculty Workload, Labor Turnover, Teacher Surveys, Teacher Persistence, Career Development, Teacher Transfer, College Attendance, Retirement, Career Choice, Faculty Mobility, Statistical Analysis, Elementary Secondary Education, National Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Schools and Staffing Survey (NCES)