Year of Publication

1989

Paper Type

Master's Thesis

College

College of Education and Human Services

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)

Department

Education

First Advisor

Dr. Elinor Scheirer

Second Advisor

Dr. James Mittelstadt

Third Advisor

Dr. Janet Bosnick

Abstract

This study attempted to identify causes of teacher attrition by using a survey distributed to 74 certificated teachers at Loretto Elementary School in Jacksonville, Florida. Seven possible causes of teacher attrition, identified in the review of the related literature, were worded in statement form for use in the survey. Each possible cause was stated from three different perspectives: as it applied to the individual respondent, to teachers as a whole, and to the general public. The teachers were then asked to indicate agreement or disagreement on a four-point Likert scale. Conclusions suggested that inadequate salary and physical harm were the two causes viewed by the respondents as most likely to drive both the respondents and most other teachers from teaching. The two causes least likely to foster teacher attrition were the requirement of non-teaching duties and a lack of adequate instructional supplies. Results also seemed to indicate a distinction between the way the respondents viewed the seven possible causes with respect to themselves and most other teachers. Results of the survey, supporting tables, and a copy of the survey are included.

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