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ERIC Number: EJ871573
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1172
Keeping School: Teacher Transfers within a Large District
Thornton, Bill; Perreault, George; Jennings, Mike
Education, v129 n2 p353-360 Win 2008
Teacher transfers from one worksite to another have a significant impact upon the schools they leave. Researchers and school leaders have proposed a number of solutions to attempt to address teacher transfers, but the rate of teacher transfers remains high. Thus, a better understanding of the motivational factors related to teachers' decisions to transfer is needed. The study focuses on identification of the factors associated with a teacher's decision to transfer between schools within one large Western district. The analyses were based on responses of 181 teachers who had recently transferred. Multivariate analyses were conducted to identify factors associated with teacher transfer. The findings indicate that leadership/administrative issues, professional success concerns, and building factors can have a strong influence on a teacher's decision to transfer. The study provides insight into approaches for retaining teachers at their current worksites. Moreover, as Darling-Hammond notes (1997), a high percentage of teachers who leave the profession are those with the characteristics associated with superior teaching-cognitive breadth and depth, adaptability, and creativity. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A