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ERIC Number: EJ986836
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-0003-1003
Attracting and Keeping Teachers in High-Need Schools
Petty, Teresa M.; Fitchett, Paul; O'Connor, Katherine
American Secondary Education, v40 n2 p67-88 Spr 2012
This high-need high school study focuses on the perceptions of teachers from one southeastern state. An online survey was conducted asking teachers who currently teach in high-need high schools what they perceive as the most important characteristics of successful high-need teachers. Teachers in the study offered ideas about how to attract, support, and retain teachers in high-need high schools. Results from this study support previous research in suggesting teachers would be more attracted to high-need high schools (HNHS) if provided more money. Yet, participants reported caring was the most important reason for them staying in their current high-need schools. Teachers indicated caring, greater exposure to high-need schools in teacher preparation programs, and other non-pecuniary factors were essential characteristics for successful HNHS. Study results suggest while policymakers focus on financial measures for retaining teachers in hard to staff schools, teachers working in HNHS characterize their jobs outside of monetary accruement once they are employed. (Contains 1 table and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A