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ERIC Number: EJ1122904
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Factors Contributing to Attrition as Reported by Leavers of Secondary Agriculture Programs
Lemons, Laura L.; Brashears, M. Todd; Burris, Scott; Meyers, Courtney; Price, Margaret A.
Journal of Agricultural Education, v56 n4 p17-30 2015
There exists in our profession a persistent shortage of quality teachers in our high school agricultural education classrooms. A multitude of studies have identified challenges faced by agriculture teachers, however, few, if any, have investigated reasons for attrition by directly asking leavers why they left. This study sought to identify reasons for leaving the profession as perceived by former high school agriculture teachers. Nine former secondary agriculture teachers were interviewed. Themes emerging from this qualitative case study include 1) passions for the profession, 2) alternative opportunities, 3) expectations, 4) burdens, retrospectively and 5) people. Teachers were passionate about their students, their content area and competition inherent in agricultural education. All of the participants had chosen to accept alternative employment opportunities. Former teachers recalled having high expectations for themselves and their career, and perceiving others to have high expectations as well. The teachers recalled the burdens of their job retrospectively, and people played an integral role in their career as well as their decision to leave the profession. Former teachers were satisfied while teaching, but found greater benefit in alternative opportunities. Recommendations include encouraging realistic expectations, developing mentor programs for novice teachers, and strengthening the benefits of remaining in the profession.
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Performance Factors, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Shortage, Teacher Persistence, Interviews, Dropout Attitudes, Dropout Research, Teaching Experience, Etiology, Semi Structured Interviews, Work Ethic, Employment Opportunities, Expectation, Teacher Responsibility, Job Satisfaction, Interpersonal Relationship, Dropout Characteristics
American Association for Agricultural Education. P.O. Box 7607, Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, Raleigh, NC 27695. Web site: http://www.aaaeonline.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A