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ERIC Number: EJ869854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0740-7874
Understanding Classroom Teacher Attrition: Characteristics of Three Groups
Mittapalli, Kavita
ERS Spectrum, v26 n3 p21-33 Sum 2008
The purpose of this study is threefold--first, to differentiate the group of public school teachers who left teaching to take up nonteaching jobs within the K-12 system (nonteaching educators) from those who left teaching entirely (leavers) and those who remained in teaching (stayers); secondly, to compare the personal characteristics, beliefs, and perceptions about current jobs of the three groups; and finally, to investigate the reasons why leavers and nonteaching educators left teaching and the type of employment they entered upon leaving teaching positions. Comparative descriptive analyses were conducted using the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) dataset Baccalaureate and Beyond (B&B) 1993/2003. Results showed that low pay was considered the major reason for leaving teaching by leavers, and getting a job within education for non-teaching educators. A majority of leavers opened their own business or were self-employed in addition to joining the noneducation-related business/private/professional industry. Among nonteaching educators, school counseling was the main nonteaching position. Leavers were more likely to be generally satisfied with their current jobs, and challenge of work. Nonteaching educators were more likely to be satisfied with job security and with further education. Study findings shed light on the "career advancing" plans of nonteaching educators. The author recommends looking closely at the data to design effective teacher retention policies. (Contains 6 tables and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
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