Factors that Influence Teacher Retention

By Mark Kaufman and Adel Al-Bataineh.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Ninety-seven teachers in their first 5 years of teaching were surveyed for this study. This research examined factors believed to influence the retention of teachers in their first 5 years of teaching in a public school district in Central Illinois. The study attempts to identify a number of factors that influence individuals in the decision-making process when deciding whether or not to remain in the teaching profession. The results of the research showed that there are a number of significant factors that influence individuals to remain in the teaching profession. From the research, these factors were found to be key: support and encouragement from fellow teachers and administration, frequent guidance and constructive feedback from administrators, continual support from the district that hired them, effectiveness of undergraduate programs, and teacher salary.

Keywords: Teacher Retention, Teacher Satisfaction, First Year Teacher

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp.251-264. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 996.238KB).

Mark Kaufman

Teacher, Social Studies and Language Arts, Chiddix Junior High School, Normal, Illinois, USA

Dr. Adel Al-Bataineh

Professor of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, USA

Dr. Adel T. AL-Bataineh is an Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Illinois State University. His research agenda focuses on topics that deal with teacher preparation both at the graduate and undergraduate levels. In specific, he published several studies in the areas of teacher preparation, standards and alternative schooling movements, technology in education and on-line teaching, clinical experiences, and professional development schools. Also, he conducted some studies in the area of international and comparative educational systems.

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