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ERIC Number: EJ890231
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1036-0026
An Exploration of Issues in the Attraction and Retention of Teachers to Non-Metropolitan Schools in Western Australia
Frid, Sandra; Smith, Melanie; Sparrow, Len; Trinidad, Sue
Education in Rural Australia, v18 n1 p43-55 2008
Recent graduates of pre-service primary/early childhood education programmes completed a written questionnaire to ascertain their teaching locations and professional development needs. Analysis of the data raised important questions concerning the attraction and retention of graduate teachers to non-metropolitan schools, challenging some commonly-held beliefs and revealing that: it is not necessary to "go country" to obtain fulltime employment upon graduation; both metropolitan and non-metropolitan employment positions lead to changing locations and/or jobs; and it is not the younger graduates who take up teaching positions in non-metropolitan schools. The findings also suggested there are differences in professional development needs, with "time" more predominant as a need for non-metropolitan teachers. (Contains 5 tables.)
Society for the Provision of Education in Rural Australia. P.O. Box 659, Wembly, Western Australia 6913, Australia. Tel: +08-9264-5809; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia