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Why some graduating teachers choose not to teach: teacher attrition and the discourse-practice gap in becoming a teacher
This paper reports on a qualitative case study that investigated the reasons why one group of graduates from an initial teacher education (ITE) program in Hong Kong chose not to teach. Using in-depth interviews and grounded in a theory of teacher identity construction, the results reveal how the participants struggled to construct their preferred professional identities, in particular during a teaching practicum, and the role this played in their decision not to enter the teaching profession. Implications for how teacher educators can better support preservice teachers as they struggle to construct their professional identities are considered and suggestions for future research are discussed.
Updated: Mar. 08, 2020
In this study, the authors examine the impact of a community service learning course on undergraduate students’ decisions to pursue careers as special education teachers or related service providers. 134 participants completed a course involving volunteer service with persons with disabilities in the local community and were surveyed as to whether they were interested in pursuing a career in special education upon graduation. Their findings indicated that contact with a person with a disability through community service learning was a factor in influencing participants’ willingness to enter the field of special education.
Updated: Jul. 29, 2019
Despite the increased focus on why new special education teachers leave the field, the knowledge related to teacher attrition in special education is still somewhat limited when compared with the field of general education. In this study, the authors conduct several Nominal Group Technique (NGT) focus groups to learn more about the perceived needs of new special education teachers. Focus groups are held with three specific groups, preservice special education teachers, new special education teachers, and school administrators to further investigate the potential differences in perceptions about the needs and roles of new special education teachers.
Updated: Jul. 28, 2019
Keeping Our Best? A Survival Analysis Examining a Measure of Preservice Teacher Quality and Teacher Attrition
In this study, the researchers analyzed data from an apprenticeship-style teacher preparation program to understand the relationship between a measure of preservice teacher quality—student teachers’ observational scores—and their decisions to (a) enter into the profession, and (b) stay in the profession within the first 2 years after graduation. They found that more qualified student teachers are more likely to enter into the profession and stay in the profession, even after controlling for student teachers’ demographic characteristics and their academic achievement.
Updated: Jun. 02, 2019
Lessons for Teacher Education: The Role of Critical Professional Development in Teacher of Color Retention
In this article, the author shares analysis of interviews with 11 women of Color veteran teachers who serve in formal or informal leadership roles within social justice education. Their reflections reveal how teacher education programs—justice oriented or not—fell short in preparing them for the hostile racial climate of schools, thus putting them at increased risk of being pushed out of teaching. The article also points to collectivized teacher-led spaces of racial literacy development—framed as critical professional development (CPD)—that have helped to sustain them in the field. These teachers’ narratives offer significant insights for teacher education to better prepare teachers of Color for long, effective, and transformative careers.
Updated: May. 23, 2019
Why Do Some Beginning Teachers Leave the School, and Others Stay? Understanding Teacher Resilience through Psychological Lenses
This study investigated the differences between leavers and stayers in terms of the process of their resilience responses. The author focused on major psychological factors such as value, self-efficacy, beliefs and emotions in order to understand how leavers and stayers are similar or different in negotiating and interpreting external environments. The findings revealed that both leavers and stayers had intrinsic interests in working as a teacher. However, the ways that leavers perceived and interpreted challenges were different from those of stayers. Furthermore, this study showed how teachers’ values, self-efficacy, beliefs and emotions are nurtured or hindered due to the school and classroom environments. These findings have implications for professional teacher development.
Updated: Feb. 21, 2018
The purpose of this study was to discover what novice teachers required to remain in the classroom. The authors identified four key elements that describe the process of teachers' attrition: entry, early experiences, pre-exit and exit. When the participants entered teaching, they were confident about what they would contribute. However, their early experiences reflected that their progress prevented. The participants were disappointed by leadership and/or veteran colleagues at pre-exit phase of leaving. The authors conclude that the participants enjoyed engaging with ideas and teaching practice during their preservice education. However, they reported that the schools they entered did not foster their growth as teachers or as individuals. They felt that this led to a sense of disillusionment, which led to their decision to leave school.
Updated: Nov. 15, 2017
In this article, the authors were interested to examine the teaching experiences that lead beginning teachers to become early career leavers. The authors found that the participants learned to tell acceptable stories about why they decided to leave teaching profession. For example, one participant argued that she left teaching career because she wanted to become a mother or because she was accepted to graduate school. However, the authors argue that these answers are also cover stories that silence the struggles she experienced at school. Her silence about the harder to tell more complex stories could have disrupted the professional knowledge landscape of schools.
Updated: Nov. 08, 2017
The author wondered why so many beginning teachers leave the profession. The author proposes to frame the problem as one of teacher identity making and identity shifting in order to understand the experiences of beginning teacher attrition.In what follows the author uses the stories of his experiences as a beginning teacher as a way to narratively read the ways beginning teacher attrition has been conceptualized. Through his experiences as a teacher, and his autobiographical narrative inquiry work, the author has begun to frame beginning teacher attrition as a problem that compels inquiry into teacher identity making and identity shifting as a way to narratively understand the experiences of beginning teachers.
Updated: Jul. 25, 2017
From Attrition to Retention: A Narrative Inquiry of Why Beginning Teachers Leave and Then Rejoin the Profession
This article reports on a narrative inquiry into two beginning teachers who left the profession after just 1 year of practice, only to return 2 years later. Findings reveal that these beginning teachers’ experiences of their school contexts combined with their personal stories in the first year of practice shaped their professional identity culminating in them leaving and then rejoining the teaching fold.
Updated: Jun. 10, 2015