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|
Teacher, Social Studies and Language Arts, Chiddix Junior High School, Normal, Illinois, USA
Professor of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, USA
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