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ERIC Number: EJ883430
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-0360-1277
Older Adults and Retired Teachers Address Teacher Retention in Urban Schools
Martinez, Iveris L.; Frick, Kevin D.; Kim, Kristen S.; Fried, Linda P.
Educational Gerontology, v36 n4 p263-280 2010
Teacher attrition is a costly and persistent problem in urban schools. The objective of this study was to evaluate senior volunteers' potential impact for improving teacher retention. We conducted interviews with six principals, 20 teachers, and six retired educators participating in the Experience Corps Baltimore program. Findings indicate that older adult volunteers may enhance teacher retention by improving classroom environments and by positively influencing some factors related to teacher attrition, including effort and satisfaction, as well as reducing absenteeism. While all senior volunteers can provide benefits with adequate training, retired teachers may provide greater benefits in teacher retention. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Maryland